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Waste Management and Recycling Cluster

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General Information
The date when the cluster organisation was established: 
Sunday, 29 May, 2011
Number of staff in the management team of the cluster organisation : 
1-5
Regions: 
Świętokrzyskie
Cluster Excellence Label: 
Other
Membership to other networks/partnerships: 
NameWebsite
Prometia
Cluster Management Team: 
NameSurnamePositionTelephoneEmail
Katarzyna
Błachowicz
Cluster Manager
+48 536-921-091
biuro@klasterodpadowy.com
Joanna
Kulczycka
Internationalisation Responsible
+48 12 632 22 45
kulczycka@meeri.pl
Languages spoken: 
English
Polish
Sectoral and Industrial Focus
Sectoral Industries: 
Lighting and Electrical Equipment
Metalworking Technology
Technology fields: 
Rare Earths Metals Treatment
Recycling, Recovery
S3 EU priority areas: 
Waste management
Waste collection, treatment&disposal activities, materials recovery & remediation activities
Emerging industries: 
Digital Industries
Environmental Industries
Composition of the cluster
Total number of members: 
90
Number of SME members: 
52
Number of larger company members: 
2
Number of research organisations/universities/technology centres: 
30
Number of other ecosystem actors : 
6
Entrepreneurship and scale-up support facilities in the cluster's ecosystem (see "Organisation type"): 
Name and link of major players: 
NameWebsiteType
MEERI PAS
Research Organisation
Polska Korporacja Recyklingu Sp. z o.o.
SME
PPHU Polblume Zbigniew Miazga
SME
Zakłady Górniczo-Hutnicze ''Bolesław''
Larger Company
AKADEMIA GÓRNICZO-HUTNICZA WYDZIAŁ METALI NIEŻELAZNYCH
University
ALPINUS CHEMIA SP. Z O.O.
SME
BATEKO SP. Z O.O.
SME
CENTRUM KOOPERACJI RECYKLINGU - NOT FOR PROFIT SYSTEM SP. Z O.O.
Research Organisation
CENTRUM METAL ODCZYNNIKI CHEMICZNE - MIDAS INVESTMENT SP. Z O.O. S.K.
Larger Company
EKO HARPOON RECYKLING SP. Z O.O.
SME
ELEKTRORECYKLING SP. Z O.O.
SME
ELPOLOGISTYKA SP. Z O.O.
SME
FUNDACJA ODZYSKAJ ŚRODOWISKO
Research Organisation
INSTYTUT MECHANIZACJI BUDOWNICTWA I GÓRNICTWA SKALNEGO
University
INSTYTUT METALI NIEŻELAZNYCH
University
KARAT ELEKTRO RECYKLING S.A.
SME
KGHM CUPRUM SP. Z O. O. CENTRUM BADAWCZO ROZWOJOWE
Technology Center
KRAJOWA IZBA GOSPODARCZA
Research Organisation
PGO MB RECYCLING SP. Z O.O.
SME
O-PAL SP. Z O.O.
SME
POLITECHNIKA KRAKOWSKA WYDZIAŁ INŻYNIERII I TECHNOLOGII CHEMICZNEJ
University
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA WYDZIAŁ INŻYNIERII MATERIAŁOWEJ
University
PROTECHNIKA SP. Z O.O.
SME
SANTA-EKO SP. Z O. O.
SME
SKIENIEWICKA IZBA GOSPODARCZA
Research Organisation
TARGI KIELCE S.A.
Research Organisation
WASTECH RECYCLING SP. Z O.O.
SME
WIELKOPOLSKI INSTYTUT JAKOŚCI SP. Z O.O.
Research Organisation
POLITECHNIKA WROCŁAWSKA WYDZIAŁ INŻYNIERII ŚRODOWISKA
University
ECOBACK
SME
GMINA POLKOWICE
Larger Company
RECYKLERZY POLSCY ZWIĄZEK PRACODAWCÓW
Research Organisation
CEBRIO Grzegorz Pelczar
Research Organisation
MAZOWIECKIE CENTRUM UTYLIZACJI EKOCENT SP. Z O. O.
SME
WASTECH SP. Z O. O.
SME
RENOMET RECYKLING SP. Z O. O.
SME
KANCELARIA EKOLOGICZNA Marcin Kaźmierski
Research Organisation
POLSKIE STOWARZYSZENIE NAUKOWE RECYKLINGU
Technology Center
INSTYTUT MECHANIKI PRECYZYJNEJ
University
ZWIĄZEK GMIN ZAGŁĘBIA MIEDZIOWEGO
Research Organisation
STRATEGO SP. Z O. O.
Research Organisation
K&K RECYKLING SYSTEM
SME
K&K RECYKLING FOLIE
SME
METALL EXPRES
SME
ABRYS SP. Z O.O.
SME
AGRO ACTIV SP. Z O.O.
SME
AKADEMIA GÓRNICZO-HUTNICZA WYDZIAŁ ZARZĄDZANIA
University
AK NOVA SP. Z O.O.
SME
APRIVA SP. Z O.O. SP.K.
SME
ARMAPAK SP. Z O.O.
SME
BIOSOLUTION SP. Z O.O.
SME
BOGUCKI FOLIE SP. Z O.O. SP.K.
SME
CENTRUM BADAŃ I INNOWACJI PRO-AKADEMIA
Technology Center
DOBRA ENERGIA SP. Z O.O.
SME
DOMAT CONSULTING SP. Z O.O.
SME
ECO EKOLOGICZNE CENTRUM ODZYSKU SP. Z O.O.
SME
ECOSTREFA SP. Z O.O.
SME
ECOTECHSYSTEM SP. Z O.O.
SME
ELEKTRORECYKLING POLSKA SP. Z O.O.
SME
ENVIRONMENTAL SOLUTIONS POLAND SP. Z O.O.
SME
FAM-TECHNIKA ODLEWNICZA SP. Z O.O.
Larger Company
FERROCARBO SP. Z O.O.
SME
FIRMA HANDLOWO-USŁUGOWA 'MARTA' MARTA WÓDKOWSKA
SME
GMINA KIELCE KIELECKI PARK TECHNOLOGICZNY
Technology Center
HALOPAK SP. Z O.O.
SME
INSTYTUT GOSPODARKI SUROWCAMI MINERALNYMI I ENERGIĄ PAN
Research Organisation
LPP S.A.
Larger Company
LUBELSKA AGENCJA OCHRONY ŚRODOWISKA S.A.
SME
MARANI SP. Z O.O.
SME
MASPEX SP. Z O.O. SP.K.
Larger Company
METAL PLAST KUBAS ANDRZEJ
SME
MOGAME WOJCIECH WITOWSKI
SME
NICROMETAL S.A.
Larger Company
N.T.I. SP. Z O.O. TECHNIKI INSTALACYJNE
SME
OPTIMA RECYKLING SP. Z O.O.
SME
PAWEŁ BARYLUK TOTCHEM
SME
PHENO HORIZON OLP SP. Z O.O.
SME
POLAND METAL SP. Z O.O.
SME
POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA WYDZIAŁ CHEMICZNY
University
PPHU ANNA BOGUCKI WOJCIECH
SME
PPHU KOLTEX KRZYSZTOF MITURA
SME
PPHU MARBET WILL SP. Z O.O.
SME
PROTECHNIKA ŁUKÓW SP. Z O.O.
SME
PPHU WÓDKOWSKI
SME
PRZEDSIĘBIORSTWO WIELOBRANŻOWE EKOBUD
SME
QUANTRON S.A.
SME
RECYKL ORGANIZACJA ODZYSKU S.A.
SME
SAS ADVISORS SP. Z O.O. SP.K.
SME
SORT-BET SP. Z O.O.
SME
SYNTHOS S.A.
Larger Company
UNIMETAL RECYCLING
SME
VINDEREN SP. Z O.O.
SME
VINDEREN LOGISTIC SP. Z O.O.
SME
VIVE TEXTILE RECYCLING SP. Z O.O.
Larger Company
WILECO SP. Z O.O. SP.K.
SME
ZAKŁAD PRODUKCJI KRUSZYWA CZARNA S.C.
SME
ZAKŁAD USŁUG KOMUNALNYCH DROZDOWSKI SP. Z O.O.
SME
ZAKŁAD USŁUGOWY RECYKLON PIOTR RADOSZ SP.J.
SME
POLIPAK SP. Z O.O.
SME
REGFOL SP. Z O.O.
SME
Cluster Strategy
Mission/Objectives: 

Waste Management and Recycling Cluster is supraregional in nature and covers the region of eight voivodeships. As of now it is at the initial stage - the organisation.

Due to the cluster development plans and the growing interest in cluster membership of new enterprises, it is expected in the near future to extend cooperation and admittance of new businesses, institutions, organisations operating in the waste management industry and related industries (supplementary) to the Cluster. In order to join the cluster, please send the Cluster’s declaration of accession to the address of the Cluster’s Coordinator.

The Waste Management and Recycling Cluster aims to increase competitiveness, effectiveness of using possessed resources and the exchange of knowledge. It offers the possibility of implementing innovative products onto the market by the companies belonging to the cluster.

    Do you have a formalised strategy?: 
    No
    Do you have a specific strategy focus that addresses internationalisation ?: 
    No
    Services
    Support services provided: 
    Facilitation of collaboration between members
    Support of knowledge transfer
    Support of technology transfer
    Innovation Management / Support of innovation processes (internal, external)
    Other
    Details of support services: 
    • creating a network of cooperation in the field of industrial waste management and processing,
    • supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in the cluster's area of operation and creating conditions for an effective commercialisation of results of research conducted by universities and research institutes,
    • supporting cooperation network entities in boosting their competitiveness, implementing product, organisation or processes innovations as well as in the development of balanced technologies, human resources and export,
    • joining and developing resources and competition in the cluster's area of operation, in view to effectively employ already exiting possibilities and chances related with the development of the region's knowledge-based economy,
    • external representation of cooperation network entities, including participation in both national and international fairs, missions, meetings and discussion panels,
    • promoting activity of the cluster and its members, as well as promoting waste use in manufacturing,
    • conducting lobbing activities,
    • legal, marketing and technology consulting aiming to implement onto the polish and foreign markets new product and technological solutions,
    • consulting regarding financial aid for the promotion of activities, development and implementation of innovation of entities associated in the cluster, including funds for developing collective projects from UE and other funds,
    • organising training, seminars and sector conferences.
    Cooperation Activities
    International Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Australia
    Brazil
    China
    Japan
    United States
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following international activities to support our members: 
    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
    Trans-national Cooperation
    The main countries targeted by the cluster organisation: 
    Austria
    Czech Republic
    Denmark
    Germany
    Slovakia
    Our cluster organisation undertook the following trans-national activities to support our members: 
    Participation at missions/events/study visits/fairs
    Please explain: 

    Information about the activities of the cluster and the offer of cooperation was sent by email to different clusters outside the EU, our representative were all the time in contact with representants of other cluster in order to establish contact and cooperation.

    Members of the cluster and cluster representatives participated in numerous foreign fairs and conferences like :

    • Environmental Protection Fair in China
    • Study organized by companies associated in the Cluster to companies about-identical or very similar activity in Ukraine, Russia, China, Australia, Romania, Georgia
    • Conference on mineral resources organized by the European Commission within the framework of the EIT
    • Second symposium on urban mining in Bergamo

    With addition with Polish fairs and symposia like :

    • International Conference on Recycling of Non-Ferrous Metals in Kraków
    • Cluster presentation during a study visit from representatives of clusters of Wallonia region of Mazowsze, in cooperation with Mazowieckie Marshal's Office in Warsaw
    • Cluster presentation at a seminar organized for the Japanese mission consisting of representatives of the waste management sector "Jetro Japan External Trade Organization Municipal Waste Market Regulation in Poland"
    • Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, meeting with representatives of the cooperative B2B clusters of the Nord-Pas de Calais, France
    • Conference : "Mining as an im strategy industry" in Warsaw
    • Conference : "Polish raw material strategy" in Warsaw
    • Conference : "The impact of economic co-operation of large mining companies with the SME, on the sustainable development of mining regions" in Katowice
    • Conference : "Environmental protection and sustainable development of the mining industry" in Kraków
    Which clusters do you collaborate with?: 
    UDRUŽENJE IOS HRABRI ČISTAČ – Belgrad - Serbia
    Aliaragon , Edificio de la Cámara de Comercio e Industria de Zaragoza, Zaragoza - Spain
    The Association of Entrepreneurs in Waste Management Asociacia podnikatel’ov v odpadovom hospodarstve (APOH) , Bratislava - Slovakia
    Support Programmes
    Participation in Funded Support Programmes: 
    European ProgrammesProject NameName & Description (Regional/National)
    INTERREG
    EIT KICs

    DIFASS - The regions participating in the DIFASS project have teamed up to exchange experiences on innovative business support measures established in their own regions and to support the transnational transfer of selected examples of good practice towards other regions.

    The development of member companies through participation in numerous projects: Many of our members work within the EU (eg. Horizon2020, KIC raw materials) and national funds (eg. NCBR). The newest ones are :

    1. DIFASS - support the transnational transfer of selected examples of good practice on innovative business (INTERREG IVC 2012-2014)

    2. PCREC - Product Centric Recycling project (KIC Raw Materials 2016-2018)

    3.Refresco - The RefresCO proposal concerns a multidisciplinary offer for professional refreshment courses into the raw materials sectors, as explained in previous sections. Professional refreshment courses will be implemented starting from a survey of potential targets, potential topics of interest, potential tools to be used for their implementation. (KIC Raw Material 2016-2018)

    Promotion
    Success Story / Achievements: 

    Cluster Succes Story :

    The initiative for creation a waste management and recycling was born in 2011, by the companies from the waste sector engaged in Skierniewice in August 2011. Those companies decided to establish an entiotity to help each other in regards of the sector focusing on their coverage area of the Lodz region and Mazowieckie. The cluster is based on the existing cooperation between businesses of waste management with companies providing consultancy services, research and development institutions and the business environment entities. After few years cluster hase became a supra-regional organizations covering and influencing the provinces of Lower Silesia, Kujawsko-Pomorskie, Lublin, Lodz Mazowieckie, Malopolskie, Slaskie, Swietokrzyskie, Wielkopolska and West part of Poland.

    Achievements :

    • The systematic increase in the number of members and a growing interest in joining the cluster from businesses and organizations and institutions of science
    •  Territorial development of the cluster
    • The development of international cooperation with international clusters and entrepreneurs
    • The intensification of internationalization Cluster
    • The development of member companies through participation in numerous projects: Many of our members work within the EU (eg. Horizon2020, KIC raw materials) and national funds (eg. NCBR)
    • Through the development of networking and cooperation of companies associated in the cluster, new entities has been created like : startup, spin-off and the business environment institutions some of them are : Foreco Sp z.o.o. - Start-up, the production of alternative fuels, Association of Employers Chamber of Recycling and Recovery - institution of business environment, Darmark Sp z.o.o. - Spin-off - a unique customer service model,The company obtained the coordinator of the Cluster and implemented Quality Management System according to ISO 9001: 2008, Cluster Coordinator - Cooperation Center Recycling - not for profit system Sp. z.o.o in the years 2014/2015 responsible for project ,,Cooperation Center Recycling - not for profit system - socially responsible coordinator of the waste management cluster consisting in the implementation of CSR within the project,, Increasing the competitiveness of regions through corporate social responsibility (CSR) ' 'financed by the Swiss-Polish Cooperation Programme. Implementation of the project ended on February 28, 2015.
    • With aspirations Cluster recycling was included in the list of national smart specialization - KIS 11. MINIMIZE THE PRODUCTION OF WASTE, INCLUDING UNFIT MATERIALS
    • As a result of the development of the cluster in November 2015 it created a scientific project called Recycle Academy which was created for the purpose of educating the public and business entities operating in the sensitive and specific sectors, in order to create a "recycling society".
    • From December 2015 cluster as a result of the development commenced operations of a lobbying in order to repair the current provisions in environmental protection law
    • Cluster participate in all the major trade fairs (Eco Tech in Kielce, Poleco System in Poznan, Plastpol in Kielce, Warsaw Pack in Warsaw)

    Knowledge transfers made within the cluster :

    • Institute of Mechanized Construction and Rock Mining in Warsaw - working together on a project -ROW deliberate no-III-174/2011 - the development of technologies and equipment for dismantling cathode ray tubes. Chief Technical Organization Federation of the Scientific - Technical - NOT Innovation Centre in Warsaw
    • Scientific Consortium called POLREMET concluded between the Academy of Mining and Metallurgy in Krakow and Warsaw University of Technology and P.P.H.U Polblume Zbigniew Miazga
    Why should partners choose you for cooperation?: 

    Waste management and recycling cluster consists of Polish companies providing a full range of services in the field of management and recycling, covering most categories of waste throughout the country. Our partners have a reliable and extensive network of innovative treatment plants and recycling technology, corresponding to the latest technical standards. In conjunction with a functioning logistics, ensures that management and transportation of waste at the highest level with full respect for the law.

    Thanks to modern and efficient technologies, we offer a highly efficient recovery and recycling of a wide range of industrial and municipal waste including batteries, electrical and electronic equipment waste and waste from scrapped vehicles. We recovered material from ferrous, non-ferrous metals (precious and accompanying critical), plastics, glass, paper, wood, with addition of energy recovery based on groups of waste unfit for further processing. The offer of the cluster includes :

    • pure metals, scrap metal (iron, steel, zinc, tin, silver, gold, copper, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, manganese, aluminum) and alloys (especially brass, bronze and aluminum alloys)
    • plastic in the form of grinding, the granules and regrind (PS, ABS, PP, PMMA, PC, PE, PET, HDPE)
    • waste from paper, foil and foil products
    • compounds based on zinc, manganese, copper, molybdenum, nickel, selenium, silver, and catalysts
    • finished products based on copper, such as anodes, cathodes, wire rods, billets
    • car parts from recycled vehicles and alternative fuels

    In addition, certain categories of waste (eg.WEEE) companies associated in the Cluster account for about 40% of the market in Poland. About 40% of the turnover associated companies in cluster is exported. Another argument in favor of making cooperation with us is the fact that in the countries of the so-called. old EU, so far, in many cases there are higher  technological and legal demands regarding recycling and processing of waste than in Poland. Therefore, easier and often cheaper is to deliver products for a surcharge to Polish companies.