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Fairphone, a practical example of circular economy in action

Solutions to unlock the potential of the Fairphone

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Netherlands

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Stakeholders teaming up within a Community of Practice, launch the report The Circular Phone that providing practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses, using Fairphone as the real-life example.

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.

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.

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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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.

Screen-lab: establishing a new reference framework to support H2020/ESIF synergies in Regions

Synergic Circular Economy across European regions, SCREEN logo

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Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

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SCREEN is a Horizon 2020 project covering 17 European regions.

It aims at defining a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy. The project also deals with the identification and implementation of operational synergies between investments in research and innovation under Horizon 2020, the Structural Funds and the European Investment Funds.

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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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.

VinylPlus®: the Voluntary Sustainable Development Programme by the European PVC industry

VinylPlus® is the European PVC industry’s Voluntary Commitment to sustainable development (EU-28,

VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.

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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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.

Do you see a Building... or a Bank of recyclable Materials?

In the Project BAMB – Buildings As Material Banks, 15 partners from 7 European countries are working together with one mission –  to enable  circular economy in the building sector.

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Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom

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The BAMB project started in September 2015 and will progress for 3 and a half years as an innovation action within the EU funded Horizon 2020 program.

BAMB will enable a systemic shift where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through design and circular value chains, materials in buildings sustain their value – in a sector producing less waste and using less virgin resources.

Circular is the new black: research program towards a sustainable fashion industry

Mistra Future Fashion promotes the expanded lifespan of clothes

Leading the way towards a circular fashion industry, the Mistra Future Fashion research program uses the expertise of the entirety of the textile value chain to highlight challenges and solutions to make fashion more sustainable. It publishes reports and peer reviewed articles that focus on how exactly this industry can be made more "circular".

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.

Different ways of turning wastewater treatment plants into resource recovery facilities

The EU funded project R3Water developed  different solutions for transition from treatment plant for urban wastewater to a production unit to provide energy, nutrients, water for re-use and possibly other valuables.

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Belgium, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

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The EU FP7 funded project R3Water (“Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment“) demonstrated solutions to support the transition from being purely a wastewater treatment plant using energy and chemicals, towards a resource facility delivering different valuables.

Focus in the project was to develop, demonstrate and test solutions for upgrading existing urban wastewater treatment plants and to improve resource efficiency with the implementation of new technologies and business models.

Sharing Materials to Minimize Waste: Industrial Symbiosis Project

Industrial symbiosis is a form of brokering to bring companies together in innovative collaborations, finding ways to use the waste from one as raw materials for another.

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Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Spain

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SYMBI project will contribute to improve the implementation of regional development policies and programmes related to the promotion and dissemination of Industrial Symbiosis and Circular Economy.

Toolkit for policy makers: circular economy in the re-industrialisation of urban areas

The potential for re-industrialisation in urban areas goes hand in hand with new circular manufacturing models

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Cities of Making addresses the challenge of re-industrialisation in urban areas, where circular economy will have a key role. The project aims at developping a toolkit for policy makers to promote urban manufacturing in a transition economy.

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.

From environmental nuisance to secondary raw material: coastal vegetal waste in composites industry

The main objective of SEA-MATTER is to demonstrate and validate the reuse of coastal algae and seaweed accumulations as raw materials in composites industry.

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The main objective of SEA-MATTER is to demonstrate and validate the reuse of coastal algae and seaweed accumulations as raw materials in composites industry.

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.

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.

When it comes to recycling aluminium, Every Can Counts

Individual country programmes are managed locally, allowing for best fitted communication actions on the ground (here, during an agricultural fair in Belgium)
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Austria, Belgium, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

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The “Every Can Counts” programme aims to improve recycling by enabling and encouraging people to recycle drinks cans used outside the home (e.g. workplaces, festivals, tourist locations, etc.).

Tackling ocean pollution from simple nets on fishing boats to innovative recycled products

WFO acquired simple "Ocean Trash Collectors" that can be attached to fishing boats and can remove 2 to 8 tonnes floating marine debris

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WFO collects and transforms Ocean Plastic by collaborating with fishermen and brands.

Biopolymers from bakery waste: now you can eat your cake and wrap the next cake, too

New polymers synthetized from bakery waste make for biodegradable bakery wrapping

BREAD4PLA is a project conducted by a consortium of four European organisation led by AIMPLAS.

It seeked to demonstrate, in a pre-productive pilot plant process, the viability of poly(lactic acid), a bioplastic polymer (PLA), synthesized from waste products of the bakery industry for the production of bakery packaging.

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.

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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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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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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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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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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.

Visual and near-infrared spectroscopy might revolutionize textile recycling

Sorting different types of clothes by using visual and near-infrared spectroscopy to sort textiles according to various textile fibres.

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The research institute IVL has developed a new technology that may revolutionize textile recycling. It consists on sorting effectively clothes or other fabrics based on various types of fibres and it aims to increase efficiency and quality in textile sorting, therefore improving quality  of recycled products.

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