This Year’s best consulting projects

27. 12 .2022, Vlada Plotnikova

The Year 2022 is almost ending, and we at Cyrkl had many interesting consulting projects, and we want to share the most interesting ones.

The Year 2022 is almost ending, and we at Cyrkl had many interesting consulting projects, and we want to share the most interesting ones.

1. The Czech Republic. 

Skanska - We cooperated with Skanska on a pre-demolition audit of the Merkurie building in Prague to loop back as many materials from the building as possible. Our team mapped all the materials in the building and found the best reuse or recycling methods for them. This project also served as a pilot to test circular approaches to demolition and construction. Based on numbers, this kind of waste is almost 1/3 of all materials and represents a massive environmental and sustainability challenge. SKODA AUTO a.s, the largest employer in the region, produces significant amounts of many types of waste, so the waste scan conducted by Cyrkl also represented a massive opportunity in creating both financial and CO2 savings. The main objective was to find opportunities (and also the best partners) for reuse or closed-loop recycling of materials with the main focus on plastic packaging, plastics from manufacturing, aluminium chips and splinters, material from blasting, and antifreeze liquid. The project’s biggest challenge was the high complexity of the overall settings in SKODA AUTO a.s. (multiple locations where the waste is generated, minimum space, and different types of materials).

    Therefore, the priority was to provide a closed-loop system, which we found for plastic films, reusable plastic packaging (plastic overlays), aluminium chips, and antifreeze liquids.

  1. 2. Germany.

Lindner SE, part of the Lindner Group, specialises in developing, manufacturing, and installing products for interior applications to be used for floors, ceilings, lighting systems, and walls. To further scale their closed-loop raised floor panels, which are entirely made of end-of-life floor panels, Cyrkl has conducted an ongoing sourcing project to find partners and potential suppliers of this secondary material. The project’s biggest challenge was finding the material at the right time and with the necessary specifications. Often, the companies don’t have any floor panels at the moment, or the panels don’t meet the criteria for the recycling process. But besides delivering a number of promising key accounts, consultant Benedikt Kroll could also share insightful findings from within the demolition industry. In this ongoing project, the company managed to find suitable suppliers of secondary raw materials and can therefore spare primary resources, making an essential input into a circular economy.

  1. 3. Slovakia. 

ENVIRAL, a.s. Leopoldov, SLOVAKIA, the company that produces Bioethanol, requested Cyrkl specialists to find sustainable materials for further production. Bioethanol is a renewable energy source that positively influences air pollution reduction. The project was looking for input materials for the production of the following: 

  • Second-generation Bioethanol - which can be used as an alternative fuel, for example, in transport. Second-generation biofuels are developed to overcome the constraints of original biofuels. We were looking for biodegradable waste which contains starch, sugar or alcohol.
  • Biogas - we approach various companies that produce bio-waste in their production and whose character and purity meet the client’s requirements. In the project for Thermosolar Žiar, our client was looking for a buyer of toughened (tempered) glass from the production of solar collectors. Also, we were looking for a recycler for aluminium and nickel sludge - not to landfill the sludge but to recover the metals it contains. 

Additionally, we did a market analysis on the purchase prices for wood pallets and aluminium. Finally, we addressed issues of a legislative nature - how to properly report particular selected wastes in the annual waste report and how to deal with the solar fluid used in solar circuits in accordance with legislation - the issue here is that this fluid is generated as waste at the clinic and clients often call the company to ask what to do with it. The scan took approximately six weeks and brought valuable insights for the company. These projects helped companies to find sustainable materials for their production and brought practical steps into a circular economy.

  1. 4. Poland. 

Car services play an essential role in the process of used tire recycling as they are very often the place generating the waste- simply during the seasonal tire changing process from both individual and business (fleet) clients. Currently, in Poland, only 35,9% of tires are recycled. To enable car services to reduce and manage their waste more circularly and cost-effectively, Cyrkl has conducted a pilot project for one of the world’s biggest chains of car services. Car services have an excellent opportunity to impact the end-of-life of used tires by ensuring proper use by material recycling or pyrolysis. A significant share of used tires goes through car services every year, thus, car services representatives have an exceptional opportunity to ensure that they are properly recycled. It is, however, not only waste from used tires that are being generated in-car services- but the list also includes used oils, oil filters, packaging waste, foils, accumulators, metals, and many more.

As a result, we have created a practical handbook for car services with concrete examples of solutions for the most common waste streams, such as used tires, used oils, used oil filters, cloths, sorbents, and others. In all these cases, the opportunities were connected to significant financial savings and CO2eq emissions savings, making an essential input into sustainability

Let’s go circular!

‐ Vlada Plotnikova

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