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PET to PET Reycling:The bottle-to-bottle loop

PET to PET automatic sorting system

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Austria

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In operation since 2007, PET to PET Recycling Österreich GmbH focuses on the production of food-grade recycled PET, which is used for “bottle-to-bottle recycling”, a globally unique and resource-efficient recycling loop in which old PET bottles are turned into new ones.

Granada biorefinery – A 100% circular facility

Aerial view of the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Granada, now transformed into a Biorefinery.
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Spain

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The Granada Sur Biorefinery of Emasagra has set up an ambitious environmental strategy in order to become European circular economy reference in the field of sanitation and wastewater treatment.

RE-Salt initiative: Recycling of industrial salty process water

Tanks of the pilot plant - Re-Salt

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Germany

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After several years of research, a pilot plant has been constructed and gone into operation within Covesto’s project Cycles (funded by German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB)), to demonstrate the reuse of low-concentrated salt-containing wastewater streams.

SwitchMed Green Entrepreneurship Programme

Amine, founder of Mornag Eco farm, an ecological farm in Tunisia

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Other (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia)

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Vocational training

The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco-innovations in the Mediterranean. It promotes inclusive growth, job creation and sustainable development by supporting policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries.

SwitchMed National Action Plan Demo projects

Nardjess Mokhtari and Anis Ouazene founders of the¨Atelier Le Printemps in Algeria

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Other (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia)

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The EU-funded SwitchMed Programme supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up social and eco innovations in the Mediterranean.

Toss it in the bin: anti-littering-initiative by Altstoff Recycling Austria

Toss it in the bin

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Austria

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Founded in 2012‚ "Reinwerfen statt Wegwerfen" is a voluntary initiative of Austrian businesses, based on an agreement between Austrian social partners and the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism to improve the ecological performance of packaging by creating public awareness, preventing and reducing littering and promoting the separate collection and recycling of packaging.

Biobased substrate compost: a high quality circular ingredient for potting soil

Successful test with bio-based substrate compost at Wageningen University & Research with Begonias

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Netherlands

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Attero introduces a new high quality product that is used as ingredient for substrates and potting soils: biobased substrate compost. The process for achieving this quality is unique in the world of compost production.

Working with Industrial Spaces to Exemplify Reuse - WISER LIFE

Rediscovery visual

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Ireland

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The WISER project impacts positively upon behavioural change in relation to resource efficiency and reuse principles. Through its activities WISER raises awareness relating to resource consumption and waste generation building upon pilot project activities of the Rediscovery Centre that hosts 4 social enterprises (upcycling paints, furniture, fashion and bicycles). 

RCYCL

Rcycl creates jobs

The LIFE project RCYCL (LIFE99 ENV/B/000640) set up a scheme for the collection and reuse of bulky waste in municipalities of Belgium’s German-speaking community and the region of Verviers, under the auspices of a social enterprise.

Christoph Scharff

Christoph Scharff

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Austria

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Founded in 2015, the Circular Economy Coalition for Europe is a platform of scientists and universities in the fields of resource management, waste management and anthropogenic metabolism. In their endeavour to support the transformation of the EU to an effective and efficient circular economy, the experts provide European Institutions, national decision makers, businesses, and the interested public by providing facts and data, based on scientific methods and evidence.

From construction waste to construction material: progressive recycled wood stone

Some end-use application of the wood stone manufactured by Destaclean®

Destaclean® Puukivi (Wood stone) is a progressive recycled material, of which the prepared products are ecological, lightweight, durable and easy to machine. The resulting wood stone is a composite of pure recycled wood fibre, rock minerals, cement and water.

Leon de Graaf

Leon de Graaf

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Belgium, EU

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As an adviser for environmental and climate policy, Leon de Graaf particularly follows policies related to the circular economy, trade and climate, low-emission mobility, implementation of the Paris climate agreement (COP21) and the European emission trading system (EU ETS). He is also deputy manager of BusinessEurope's corporate Advisory and Support Group (ASGroup). Prior to joining BusinessEurope, Leon worked at the research consultancy Ecorys, focusing on renewable energy and international development issues, at DG COMP on energy and environmental subsidies in Europe, and at the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) on indirect ETS costs for energy-intensive industries. Leon has a MSc in environmental economics and climate change from the London School of Economics, and a BSc in business economics from the University of Groningen.

Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Germany

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

Turning coffee by-product into green energy

This joint venture is a successful and genuine example of a short circuit circular loop where Veolia and Jacobs Douwe Egberts developed a solution to use spent coffee grounds from the plant’s production process to produce steam.

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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Netherlands

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

Social Innovation Repair - Giving a second life to electrical and electronic appliances, the R.U.S.Z case

Following the business model of a sustainable repair shop, R.U.S.Z is a social business which started back in 1998, as a work integration social enterprise for long-term unemployed persons.

Zero Carbon Resorts project towards Sustainable Development of the Tourism Sector in the Philippines and Thailand

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Austria

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Tourism in the Philippines and Thailand is receiving increasing attention as an excellent development option but with the vulnerability of developing countries to climate change it is inevitable to take the environmental performance of the tourism business into serious consideration.

Innovative bonus-malus system for increased rates of recyclability in the packaging industry, France

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France

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Eco-contribution is mandatory in France for the packaging industry, as an incentive for improving recyclability from the start. The Modulated Eco-Contribution Scale is an educational and financial incentive tool promoting the development of eco-design. In order to facilitate maximum recycling of paper fibres, manufacturers must adopt best practices and manage materials so as to preserve quality.

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

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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.

Different ways of turning wastewater treatment plants into resource recovery facilities

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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.

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