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Ressourcerie Namuroise, a cooperative collecting, recycling and reusing waste

Bulky waste

The Ressourcerie Namuroise in Belgium provides collection and processing services for bulky household waste, while also helping people with scant marketable skills to break into the labour market. In 2017, the cooperative established a partnership with Namur's waste management authority, which enabled municipalities to outsource the collection of bulky items with a view to their reuse.

Thanks to Eco Veneta, construction and demolition waste goes back to construction sites for a new adventure

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Italy

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Eco Veneta specialises in the collection and recycling of waste from construction and demolition sites in the Italian provinces of Verona, Vicenza, Padova and Rovigo.

Chip[s] Board: making bio-plastics from potato waste

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United Kingdom

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UK-based Chip[s] Board have developed a range of innovative, circular materials from potato waste.

Mapei: recovering unused concrete from mixer lorries

Mapei

The Italian company Mapei has come up with a product which brings leftover cement in mixer trucks back into the production cycle.

Milan: Collaborating to change local food systems

Milan food policy

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Italy

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The Municipality of Milan, with the Cariplo Foundation, has decided to commit to making its food system more equitable and sustainable by adopting its own Food Policy.

Let's fix Czechia: linking people with repair needs to repair shops and handymen

Opravarna

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Czech Republic

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Opravárna operates a web portal putting repair and service businesses in touch with people who need their services. It has also founded the Association Opravme Česko (Let's fix Czechia) in order to to bring together all relevant partners pursuing the same objectives - waste prevention and transition to a circular economy.

Carrefour: reusable and recyclable carrier bags made from marine waste

Plastic marine waste

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Belgium

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In 2019, Carrefour Belgium introduced a range of reusable and recyclable carrier bags made from marine waste. The retailer collaborated with Seaqual, an organisation that cleans up the oceans and seabed, to source the plastics needed.

Estonian start-up 3Cular designs: creating 3D objects from sawdust

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Estonia

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Estonian start-up 3cular has designed a pioneering way of reusing this sawdust to produce new objects with 3D printing. The desired object is designed using 3D modelling software and then a 3D printer is used to produce the object in layers. The printing ink is a combination of sawdust and a non-toxic binder making it possible to print wooden objects faster and easier preserving the environment.

Veras - multiplatform for clothing reuse and upcycling in Denmark

Veras

Based in the Danish capital Copenhagen, Veras operates several initiatives to reduce waste in the fashion sector by making it easy for everyone to swap and sell clothes. Veras is primarily an online webshop shipping to all Europe, where users can send in their own clothes. It also hosts weekly clothing markets for everyone to buy and sell clothing and has a flagship store in Copenhagen.

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