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Tray Cycling - Logistics for Urban Mining (TraCy)

80 per cent of secondary raw materials such as municipal waste and industrial waste are not used to produce substances but to produce energy. Established material cycles concentrate on materials like waste glass or waste paper. Composite materials which are often made up of high quality substances are mostly disregarded.

Yet, the potential of secondary raw materials is immense and should be exploited. One approach is called “Urban Mining” where actual waste management becomes genuine recycling management. Urban Mining can only be successful however if there are robust logistics systems which meet the users’ high demands on quality and delivery requirements.

Objective of the Project

By implementing logistics for Urban Mining the TraCy project pays an important contribution to the consistent recovery of used and waste materials as well as to making full use of by-products from industrial processes.
One important aspect of this is the integration of secondary raw materials suppliers into the supply chain management (SCM) of production companies. Suppliers and waste disposal companies currently still handle their business processes in significantly different ways and use technology and communication differently too. They have to learn to “speak the same language” in order to satisfactorily implement recyclable material cycles.

Concrete Innovations

This significant innovation consists of setting up logistics and management systems according to the rules of supply chain management by means of which waste disposal enterprises can fulfill their future role as suppliers of raw materials. These are tested within the scope of an experimental test series for the recovery of secondary raw materials from composite materials. Taking interfaces and technical standards into account a standardized logistics concept is being developed for supply and waste disposal on the basis of reusable containers.
In order to plan, control and optimize all necessary processes, for example procurement or distribution, an information and communication system is being developed for resources management. Integrated inventory and material flow management systems do not only allow for improved inventory control they can also provide reliable statements about the availability and quality of secondary raw materials.

Partners in the Project

BioCycling GmbH


Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML




INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH


Schöller Arca Systems GmbH


tegos GmbH


zeitec Software GmbH

If waste disposal enterprises are to become suppliers of raw materials, logistics can and has to provide the conditions for that – using robust systems which meet all the requirements.

Contact person

Kathrin Hesse


Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics



Dipl.-Kfm. (FH) Dennis Eisele


BioCycling GmbH


Facts & Figures

Start of the Project


Project Duration
48 months

Project Volume
2.2 Mio Euro

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