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21 Dec 2017

The Commission's Plastic Strategy in early 2018 will address possible approaches to address some single-use plastic items and marine litter including lost or abandoned fishing gear.

21 Dec 2017

Two years after the adoption of EU Circular Economy Package in December 2015, more than half of the initiatives included in the Action Plan have been delivered. To discuss upcoming deliverables, explore new areas of action and share the first achievements of the European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform, the Commission and the European Economic and Social Committee will host a Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference on 20-21 February in Brussels.

20 Dec 2017

There is growing optimism about the potential of the circular economy as a new model for sustainable growth in developing countries.

Surplus capacity? Waste it no more: FLOOW2 facilitates B2B Asset Sharing

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Netherlands

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FLOOW2 is the sharing marketplace solution for every business, organization and network.

FLOOW2 works locally and internationally, to identify needs and opportunities of asset sharing for businesses. Sharing assets may be a new concept, but it is an integral part of the development towards a more circular economy in which collaboration is key!

Circular economy, a holistic approach towards low-carbon Alpine cities

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Slovenia

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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

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Netherlands

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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.

7 Dec 2017

The Reeeboot program is launched in France, to help associations working against social exclusion and the digital divide. Thanks to the programme, eligible organisations can benefit from reconditioned computer equipment, needed to carry out their activities and promote the return to employment.

PolyStyreneLoop project: pioneer demonstration plant to treat up to 3300 tonnes of polystyrene waste/yr as of 2018

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Netherlands

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The PolyStyreneLoop Cooperative is the European EPS/XPS industry’s closed loop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste.

This project employs a ground-breaking technology to dissolve PS foam waste while also allowing for the extraction and recovery of bromine from the restricted flame retardant chemical, HBCD, which can then be used again in the production.

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.

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

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EU

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VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders. 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

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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.

20 Nov 2017

23-24 November, Charleroi - Extending product lifetimes through re-use and repair has tremendous social and environmental impact and is at the heart of a circular economy vision, but is seldom put into the spotlight during discussions on Europe’s move towards circular economy. The main aim of this public conference is to show-case examples of cooperation between social enterprise, public bodies and private industry.

Canon toner cartridges recycling programme: closing the loop in 18 countries across Europe

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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.

Sharing Materials to Minimize Waste: Industrial Symbiosis Project

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.

Advanced Dry Recovery (ADR) technology upgrades fine non-ferrous metals from municipal waste-to-energy ash

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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 to be upgraded into metal scrap products.

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

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

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'

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Italy

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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

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Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.

Smart magnetic separation turns any kind of PET plastic into high quality raw material

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Netherlands

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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.

TheCircularLab: a packaging innovation laboratory

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Spain

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In 2017, Ecoembes launched its pioneering circular economy project in Europe, TheCircularLab, which will involve all phases of packaging from creation, via ecodesign, up to the reintroduction of our products into the consumption cycle. TheCircularLab aims to turn the La Rioja region into a great centre for experimentation by enabling innovations to be tested on a real scale.

Genoa’s municipal pharmacies: collecting unused pharmaceuticals for those who need them

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Italy

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The Farmacie Comunali of the city of Genoa, in partnership with the Associazione Gigi Ghirotti, organises the collection of unused pharmaceuticals to provide for the needs of those who would otherwise struggle to afford them. Through this project, Genoa's eight Farmacie Comunali distribute these "reused" pharmaceutical products.

10 Nov 2017
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Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom

The European Commission has just launched the pilot phase of a new EU-wide framework for sustainable buildings called Level(s). The pilot phase is expected to last until 2019 and stakeholders are warmly invited to participate in the testing phase.

Recycling batteries now available at your nearest post office (Lithuania)

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Lithuania

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Lithuania Post is encouraging residents to pay special attention to waste batteries containing hazardous materials (lead, cadmium, mercury etc.) that may contaminate groundwater and damage the environment and human health.

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