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Surplus capacity? Waste it no more: Floow introduces B2B asset sharing

B2B Sharing Marketplace on which every business and (healthcare) organization can share equipment, waste, materials, services, facilities, and personnel.

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Luxembourg

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The term “sharing economy” has become a staple in our current society and making more efficient use of what we already have is becoming more important every day.

FLOOW2 provides organizations with a tool that allows them to take on a fitting new business model: sharing assets. Sharing assets is an integral part of the development towards a more circular economy, in which loops are closed and disruptive business models are the talk of the town.

At-home recycling of bioplastics - and all domestic food waste - thanks to the seriously HOT composting bin

In the hot bin, due to its high insulation value , the contents attains a temperature of 60-70oC, enough for biodegradable plastics and food to compost

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Netherlands

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The HOTBIN is an innovative hot compost bin that super heats your food and garden waste to 60°c. It can suit not only individual needs, but also the needs of sport clubs, canteens or schools, mixing food waste with biodegradable plastics.

PolyStyreneLoop project : pioneer demonstration plant to treat up to 3300 tonnes of polystyrene waste/yr as of 2018

The PolystyreneLoop demo plant that is being built in Terneuzen(NL)

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Netherlands

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The PolyStyreneLoop (PSL) Cooperative is the European EPS/XPS industry’s closedloop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste.

This innovative project employs a ground-breaking technology to dissolve PS foam waste while also allowing for the extraction and recovery of bromine from the recently restricted flame retardant chemical, HBCD, which can then be used again for the production of new flame retardants.

From waste water to RichWater, an innovative technology for combining treatment and reuse in agriculture

RichWater is a EU Horizon 2020 funded project which has provided an innovative technology for wastewater reuse in agricuture

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Spain

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RichWater is a EU Horizon 2020 funded project which has provided an innovative technology for wastewater reuse in agricuture. An integrated approach combining treatment and irrigation in a single system enables taking maximum advantage of nutrients.

Canon toner cartridges recycling programme: closing the loop in 18 countries across Europe

Since 1990, Canon has been providing a toner cartridge recycling programme for all Canon genuine all in one laser cartridges.

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Netherlands, Poland, Slovak Republic, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland

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Canon has been providing a toner cartridge recycling programme since 1990 for all Canon genuine all in one laser cartridges (Canon toner cartridges used in i-Sensys type machines). Today the official programme operates in 18 countries across Europe.

 The programme is free of charge to customers within selected geographies across Europe and has been designed to be easy to use to further encourage recycling, using web based systems where customers can download a free post return label.

Advanced Dry Recovery (ADR) technology upgrades fine non-ferrous metals from municipal waste-to-energy ash

Inashco operates a unique upgrading facility to further upgrade non-ferrous metal concentrate into a light non-ferrous (aluminium) scrap product and heavy non-ferrous (copper/zinc) scrap product.

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Netherlands

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The Inashco ash recycling consists of an on-site concentrator (ADR) and a centralized upgrading facility. The ADR together with conventional Eddy Current Separators, produce a fine non-ferrous concentrate and a clean marketable mineral aggregate. The non-ferrous concentrate is transported to the Inashco proprietary upgrading facility. At the upgrading facility the concentrate is upgraded into high valuable heavy and light non-ferrous metal scrap products.

Circular business model: recognising the value of reconditioned assets makes for a better financing solution

JLG gained a better financial solution by including its refurbished, second-use material in its business model as valuable assets.

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Belgium

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JLG, a company that takes machines back to a dedicated reconditioning facility after their first use cycle and repairs and restores them to original specification, builded a business model that integrates the recovery of assets.

This allowed their financial partner to develop a complete finance offering for JLG’s new and reconditioned assets, including rental solutions.

This example makes the case for a better understanding of the flow of products and how integrating it in business plans and financial solutions, makes a whole cycle including refurbishment, remanufacturing and reuse economically appealing.

Contarina integrated waste management model: 'Door to Door', 'Pay As You Throw'

Contarina provides multiple levels of waste management via collection, prevention and education

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Italy

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Contarina’s waste management model success is based on a curbside collection system with a “pay as you throw” fee: a model that has been thoroughly tried and tested. For years, Contarina has been leader in Europe in recycling and is an example of cutting-edge public entity in terms of services and results, working with the community to achieve a common goal: protection of the environment.

Rolling Plastics: towards precision sorting of plastics components from end-of-life vehicles

Near infrared spectroscopy system gives precise indications on the quality and recyclability of plastics in vehicle parts.

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Spain

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Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.

Recover® recycled yarns adress the high environmental pressure of cotton textile production

Recover® is a range of yarns and threads produced with 100% recycled fibres containing a high percentage of recycled cotton.

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Spain

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Hilature Ferre mill has been recycling textile materials since 1947, but it is in 2015 that the company officially launched its Recover Upcycled Textile System for open end high quality recycled yarns.

Hilaturas Ferre collects and sorts textile waste resources from all over the planet, cutting and shredding them to produce new fiber to feed their industrial spinning process. The Recover yarns contain a consistent percentage of 50% recycled cotton, blended with other recycled material such as polyester from PET bottles.

Smart magnetic separation turns any kind of PET plastic into high quality raw material

Ioniqa`s innovative process to convert any PET plastic into a new high quality raw material.

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Netherlands

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Ioniqa is a clean-tech-spin-off based in the Netherlands that has developed an innovative process to recycle all types and colours of PET waste into high quality pure raw materials that ensures a less impact on scarce resources like oil.

TheCircularLab: a packaging innovation laboratory

TheCircularLab is a packaging innovation laboratory that seeks to study, conceive, test and apply the best practices in a real environment

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Spain

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In 2017, Ecoembes has launched its pioneering circular economy project in Europe; TheCircularLab, which will involve all phases of packaging: from creation, via ecodesign, up to the reintroduction of our products into the consumption cycle. Based in the La Rioja region, TheCircularLab aims to turn the region into a great centre for experimentation by enabling innovations to be tested on a real scale.

Stroller sharing: busy moms and dads can enjoy easier trips to the shops with Buggybooker

You already know carsharing and bikesharing - time to start the buggy sharing experience!

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Belgium

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If car sharing could be a success, so could buggy sharing! This thought led to Frank Verheijden championing the idea, and in 2014, Buggybooker started commercially sharing children's buggies.

Cooling servers, cleaning bodies: recycled heat from server room provides hot water in the sports hall showers of the Jean Moulin University, Lyon

Boiler room? Server room? Both! Thanks to its heat transfer system Stimergy it transforms server heat into warm water.

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France

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Stimergy by using a liquid cooling and heat recovery system in server rooms or by decentralising its servers in "digital boilers" located in residential and public buildings recycles heat from data servers to water heating systems.

Thanks to its liquid heat recovery system, Stimergy both reduces energy waste of servers and energy needs of water heating systems while cutting the operational costs linked to the cooling of server rooms.

Cooperation between Aurubis and Grillo-Werke yields a perfect closed loop for copper and zinc

Thanks to the cooperation between two industries, no trace element is lost in the production of copper and zinc sulfate

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Germany

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Aurubis, an expert in multi-metal recycling, and Grillo-Werke, specialised in zinc and sulphur products, cooperate to make a perfect closed loop for non ferrous trace elements.

 Residual zinc from copper production is used by Grillo-Werke as a secondary raw material for zinc sulfate. Residues from this production - including copper, tin and lead - are then fed back to Aurubis for more copper and other non-ferrous production, ensuring that no trace element is lost in the process.

INDRA, a competitive end-of-life vehicles treatment branch, recuperates up to 95% of car mass

95,40% of the car mass is recycled in INDRA's network of end of live dismantlers

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France, Spain

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Renault and Suez (formely Sita France), through their joint-venture INDRA have created a competitive end-of-life vehicle treatment program which is comprised of a network of 350 end of life (EVL) dismantlers. In 2016 recovered 355 000 end of life vehicles.

The functional economy in the chemical industry: 8 case studies demonstrate efficiency and sustainability

Greater efficiency and less waste - a new business model in chemical use

Take Back Chemicals is innovating by proposing a 'functional economy' business model in the use of chemicals. Traditional business models are based on sales per volume, whereas TBC uses "chemical leasing" and regeneration process for greater efficiency and sustainability.  

The report is based on the study of 3 cases in Belgium and 5 cases in the Netherlands with leading chemical industries.

Electric and electronic waste: a little incentive goes a long way

Binee aims at encouraging consumers to give their outdated electric or electronic devices a new life

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Germany

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Binee is a local recycling service to dispose of outdated electric and electronic appliances, gaining success by its understanding of consumers' expectations and behaviours. A right mix between convenience, digital tracking, transparency and reward system makes it an efficient approach to maximise 'Urban mining' in EEEW.

Meet Econyl®, the high quality regenerated nylon yarn

Used nylons, mainly from the fishing industry, are gathered, reprocessed and turned into an innovative ecological nylon material, called econyl. They are afterwards sold for further use.

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Slovenia

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Used nylons, mainly from the fishing industry, are gathered, reprocessed and turned into an innovative ecological nylon material, called econyl. They are afterwards sold for further use.