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Circular economy, a holistic approach towards low-carbon Alpine cities

Greencycle is an Alpine Space EU project

Cities and regions in Alpine Space have mainly set their low-carbon objectives and adopted relevant strategies in energy, mobility, construction aso. The project GREENCYCLE aims to introduce the system of circular economy as a holistic approach to support implementation of low-carbon strategies and provide additional 2-4 % greenhouse emission reduction to the partner cities.

In the city of Almere, innovative waste project turns water plants into paper

Aquatic plants that need to be regularly removed from the Weerwater lake in Almere, are now integrated into biomass blends used to produce sustainable paper

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The city of Almere, working together with local stakeholders and the company Millvision, has developed an innovative circular economy partnership. Mowed plants from the local lake instead of just being disposed of, are now being integrated by Millvision, a paper company, in to biomass blends used to produce sustainable paper.  The aquatic plant is a local and renewable input to the production of the paper but it also "circular" as something that would be discarded as waste is re-valued as a raw material used in production.

Light as a service: green performance economy in Schiphol Airport

Although it may not even be noticeable when you walk through Departure Lounge 2 at Schiphol, the lighting is a masterly example of circular economy.

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In one of its terminals, Schiphol Airport runs the project "Light as a service" whereby it pays for the light produced, while its two partners Philips and Cofely remain the owners of the lamps and fittings.

Thanks to this innovative partnership, maintenance costs are reduced and recyclability and reusability of the lighting and framing guaranteed.

Household organic waste and small plants: door to door collection solves the composting dilemma for inhabitants in Milan

In Milan, city dwellers can contribute to responsible usage of organic waste thanks to the door to door collection system

The door to door households organic waste collection plan was first introduced in November 2012 in one quarter of the city of Milan and then was extended to the whole city in June 2014. Collection frequency is twice a week.The aim of the separate collection of food waste is to divert this material from incineration and to send it to AD for production of biogas and good quality compost.

Three pilot colleges in the Lozere Department eradicate food waste from the menu

A pilot project in three colleges demonstrates the importance of transversal implementation for long term food waste reduction

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France

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At the end of year 2014 the Lozere Department engaged in a territorial plan of waste prevention.

Among the different actions, the Department has implemented an action in three pilot colleges to fight food waste in the canteens. The ambitious and transversal program involved actors at all levels in the college: Director, Manager, kitchen team, teachers, students and their parents.

Green procurement: white aggregates in road resurfacing sparks up incentive for recycling

When imposing 35% min white aggregates in road resurfacing, the City of Hamburg increased the incentive to use recycled material

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In Hamburg, green public procurement principles are included in the City's overarching procurement policy. Additional environmental contract requirements are imposed by the City specifically for road construction tenders.

Hamburg has taken a significant step forward to encourage an increase of recycling rates in construction materials by establishing an online exchange for soil, debris and construction materials.

Port of Rotterdam: cyclists can enjoy a like-new bike lane, thanks to a bio-based ‘rejuvenator’ for recycled asphalt

In the port of Rotterdam, a bike lane is made completely from recycled asphalt (picture: Port of Rotterdam)

The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam in partnership with KWS Infra and Arizona Chemical to deploy recycled asphalt. The processing of rejuvenation utilizes a "rejuvenator" using raw material extracted from pine tree by-products.

Genova’s municial pharmacies: collecting unused pharmaceuticals for those who need them

A lot of perfectly of unopened pharmaceuticals are wasted  each year, the municipal pharmacies of the city of Genova are "reusing" these pharmaceutical to reduce waste.

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The Farmacie Communali of city of Genova, in partnership with the Associazione Gigi Ghirotti, organises the collection of unused pharmaceuticals to provide for the needs of those would otherwise struggle to afford them. Through this project, Genova's eight Farmacie Communali distribute these "reused" pharmaceutical products. Pharmacies become collection points where the local citizens can drop off pharmaceuticals they will not use.