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White paper on Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

Pathways for Extended Producer Responsibility on the road to a Circular Economy

Utrecht University
Author: 
W.J.V. Vermeulena, C.W. Backes, M.C.J. de Munck, K. Campbell-Johnston, I.M. de Waal, J. Rosales Carreon, M.N. Boeve
Publication Date: 
03/2021
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Netherlands

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The Circular Economy and Society Hub of Utrecht University has prepared a white paper analysing the key strengths and weaknesses of the way in which Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is organised in the Netherlands. Based on this analysis, it then sets out three pathways for improving EPR with a view to enabling it to contribute to the circular economy goals:

  1. Optimising EPR as an instrument for post-user circularity
  2. Re-designing EPR as an instrument for circular economy transformations
  3. Beyond EPR: other means of support.

 

 

12 Mar 2021
OECD webinar

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Online
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Other (World)

Join representatives of the OECD Environment Directorate on 25 March at 15:00 CET to discuss the role of international trade in the transition to a resource efficient and circular economy.

23 Mar 2021

On 23 March an online event is organised to launch Circular Regions - a data-driven platform bridging bottom-up and top-down circular initiatives for mission-oriented eco-system transformation in a network of regions.

Kitchen Dates – a restaurant without a rubbish bin

Kitchen Dates

Kitchen Dates is an environmentally friendly restaurant located in Lisbon. It has the particularity of operating without generating any waste - so no use for rubbish bins!

Fil&Fab transforms disused fishing nets into pellets to create new plastic products

Fil&Fab

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France

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Fil&Fab has developed a technique to transform disused end-of-life fishing nets into plastic sheets, which are then used to create a series of new plastic products.

Fairmittlerei, supplying NGOs with industry's excess equipment and materials

Die Fairmittlerei

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Austria

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Fairmittlerei works as a connection hub between NGOs and industries for the purchasing of excess non-food products in industries.

Fibracat: an absorbing use for waste paper

Fibracat

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Spain

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Fibracat has developed cellulose-based absorbents from paper for use in the cleaning and industrial hygiene sectors.

Espigoladors - food waste prevention and job creation for groups at risk of social exclusion

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Spain

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Espigoladors is a social enterprise focused on preventing food waste and empowering people prone to social exclusion.

Amorim Cork group: recycling, reusing and reinventing the use of cork

Cork

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Portugal

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The Amorim Group is among the cork industry’s world leaders. It has a business unit focused on recycling, reusing, and reinventing the use of cork - alone or mixed with other raw materials - in the generation of new products and applications (construction, footwear, aerospace, railways, etc.).

SHAREBOX - secure management platform for shared process resources

Sharebox

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EU

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The Horizon-2020 SHAREBOX project promoted industrial symbiosis by developing an online platform providing information on waste resources (i.e. energy, water, residues, etc.) that could be used to replace primary resources, to plant managers and other decision-makers.

Alchemia-nova: treating waste water using green walls

alchemia nova logo

Alchemia-nova, the Institute for innovative phytochemistry and closed loop processes, has colloborated with vertECO, GRETA and LooPi to develop three types of green walls, which treat wastewater to service water standards and create plant biomass and fertiliser.

reWINE: reusing wine bottles

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Spain

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reWINE LIFE is a Catalonian project, running from 2016 to 2020 and co-financed by the EU's LIFE Programme. It sought to demonstrate the viability of reusing glass bottles in the local wine industry.

Veolia: recycling PET bottles into new food packaging

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Germany

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Veolia has been extending the useful life of plastic bottles using a PET (Poly Ethylene Terephthalate) plastic recycling process. A mechanical and chemical recovery process transforms the PET flakes into a product suitable for use with food.

Vanheede Environment Group: collecting packaged food waste to produce alternative fuels

Broccoli

Vanheede Biomass Solutions processes packaged or unpackaged food items that, for various reasons, are no longer fit for human or animal consumption. Fermentable residue is gathered and processed at a bio-methanisation plant in order to generate green energy.

I:CO - a global waste collection network for textiles

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Germany

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I:CO is an international circular solutions provider for the collection, certified sorting, reuse and recycling of clothing and shoes. They aim to support innovative new recycling technologies which help close the loop of production cycles.

Souji: transforming used cooking oil into an ecological detergent

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Spain

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SOUJI is a liquid based on minerals and vegetables that, when mixed in the correct proportions with used cooking oil, and after shaking the mixture for 1 minute, becomes a cleaning agent/detergent which is 96% less polluting than a common detergent. 

SIGUREC: Smart machines for recyclable waste

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Romania

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SIGUREC was the most advanced household waste collection service operating in Romania until March 2020. It was a broad initiative, implemented following an official agreement between private companies and public authorities.

ResQ - finding a buyer for that leftover cupcake

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Finland

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ResQ Club is a Finnish company and mobile application, which also covers parts of Sweden, Poland and Germany. Its goal is to combat food waste by connecting sustainable restaurants, cafés and food shops with consumers who appreciate affordable quality food.

Millor que nou - Repaired to be better than new

Millor que nou

The “Millor que nou” (Better than new) campaign is an initiative from the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (AMB) that started in 2009. It provides people with free support services and access to repair shops, so that they can learn how to repair appliances and objects.

Remondis Aqua: extracting phosphoric acids from sewerage sludge

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Germany

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Remondis Acqua Group is a company specialising in systems for the production of high-quality water. They have developed new methods to protect raw materials and treat wastewater, with a new model of municipal sewerage treatment plant.

Relevance of Biodegradable and Compostable Consumer Plastic Products and Packaging in a Circular Economy

Relevance of biodegradable and compostable consumer plastic products and packaging in a circular economy

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Eunomia Research & Consulting Ltd
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03/2020
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EU

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In 2015, the European Commission adopted the Circular Economy Action Plan to help stimulate the transition towards circular economy. The growing number of plastic products and packaging marketed as ‘biodegradable’ or ‘(home) compostable’ raises the question of the extent to which biodegradability and compostability of plastic is beneficial in the context of the transition towards a circular economy.

The study assesses this question, identifying conditions in which (home) compostability of products could be of added value, compared to reuse and other forms of recovery. The results indicate weak evidence in favour of beneficial agronomics associated with compostable plastic material. Choices of materials for products and packaging should prioritise recyclability over compostability.

Neocomp: recycling glass-fibre-reinforced plastics

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Germany

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Neocomp has developed a method for recycling glass fibre polymers used in the rotor blades of wind turbines. The polymers are shredded, then used as an additive in cement.

Mercado Organizado de Resíduos: how to trade waste in Portugal

MOR

The Mercado Organizado de Resíduos (MOR) is a Portuguese online platform that can be used to trade different types of waste for recovery (with the exception of waste classified as hazardous by the general waste management scheme).

MOR provides the space for waste of all categories to be traded, whether for recovery or for disposal under the country's general waste management scheme. This includes transactions and exchange of by-products and recycled materials.

The Agência Portuguesa do Ambiente (Portuguese Environment Agency) has licensed MOR Online as the first integrated management platform in the waste market.

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