Goals and targets

“LIFE Enrich a poor waste” is a demonstration project co-financed by the European Commission through the LIFE+ programme, whose aim is to recycle, ennoble and enrich fibreglass waste, thus creating a range of innovative fire-proof, sound absorbent, insulating and shock resistant components as well as easy to clean panels to be used in sustainable private and public buildings. The panels are designed to be easily dismantled and reused.

Such panels are manufactured with the design for deconstruction concept in mind. This means that they will be de-signed and made to be installed with easily removable mechanical connectors, to make the installation and disman-tling process easier and allow selective removal when demolishing or renovating. The salvaged materials can there-fore be re-used and recycled thus recovering some of the inherent value. Furthermore, this procedure reduces the en-vironmental impact that results from adapting and demolishing buildings.

Another objective is to set up procedures for classes of waste that will be inserted inside panels and covered with natural products (such as leather, wood). The above-mentioned procedures will lead to the creation of a geographical database indicating the neighbouring processing plants as well as a central collection point for household waste, thus permitting the monitoring of waste distribution and the forecasting of necessary recycling operations.

The expected results from the implementation of the project “LIFE Enrich a poor waste” are as follows:


  • Recycling of about 100 tons/year of GFRP waste thanks to a demonstration line which will process it and convert it into panels for private and public buildings;
  • Setting up of a geographical database indicating potential sources of GFRP waste and the amount available per year;
  • Increased safety and comfort in places where the new shock resistant, soundproof, radio-transparent and easy to clean panels will be installed;
  • Manufacturing of panels “designed for deconstruction”, easy to install and dismantle. All piping, cabling, etc. will be installed behind the panels without cement, binders, adhesives or similar products;
  • Reduction in CO2 emissions resulting from heating and cooling, thanks to the improved thermal insulation of the new panels;
  • Manufacturing of light weight panels, ranging from 4 to 30 mm in thickness, with up to 25% of the weight from ground GFRP waste.