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

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Netherlands

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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

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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Binee is a local recycling service to dispose of outdated electric and electronic appliances, gaining success by its understanding of consumers' expectations and behaviours.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

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Italy, 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.

GtoG: let's change the way gypsum based waste are treated

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Belgium

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The GtoG project has put in place an integrated approach to construction and demolition waste by holistic management, starting from the major refurbishment/demolition sites to the reincorporation of the recycled gypsum in the manufacturing process via the processing of gypsum waste as a secondary raw material

Digging gold from trash: ProSUM, a centralised database for critical secondary raw materials

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Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Until now, the data on CRMs has been produced by a variety of actors and lies scattered in different databases, formats and reports which makes it difficult to compare or aggregate. The ProSUM project - Latin for ‘I am useful’ - aims at producing the EU Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP) providing user friendly, seamless access to data and intelligence on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products. The project will be addressed to a wide range of end-users, including the recycling industry, producers and producer compliance schemes, and policy makers.

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