Context and objectives

SMART GROUND aims at improving the availability and accessibility of data and information on SRM (Secondary Raw Materials) in the EU territory, while creating collaborations and synergies among the different stakeholders involved in the SRM value chain. In order to do so, the consortium will carry out a set of activities to integrate all the data from existing sources and new information retrieved with time progress, in a single EU database. Such database will also enable the exchange of contacts and information among the relevant stakeholders (e.g. companies), which are interested in providing or obtaining SRM.

  • To collect quantitative and structural knowledge from existing SRM resources and to identify critical points and bottlenecks that hinder the effective use of SRM from landfills and dumps
  • To take stock of existing standards for RM (Raw Materials) and waste inventory and develop new ones for SRM, with the aim of validating them on selected pilot sites
  • To Integrate and harmonize the data and information collected by gathering them in a single EU database
  • To identify the most promising markets for the SRM
  • To evaluate and to analyze the environmental, economic and social impacts triggered by different processes
  • To analyze the existing legislation at EU and national level on waste management and diffusion of best practices
  • To facilitate the access to information on available SRM for end-users
  • To raise awareness among policy makers and public opinion to support the social recognizability of the positive impact of dumps exploitation to obtain SRM