You are here

Waste management

Circular economy approach to industrial wastewater

ZERO BRINE

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium

Language for original content:

Scope:

ZERO BRINE proposes a circular economy approach to reduce the negative impacts of brine from process industries and create economic value from the reuse of its constituents, such as sodium chloride, magnesium, calcium, sulphates, sodium bicarbonate, heat and fresh water.

Roadmap for circular economy in Serbia

Roadmap for circular economy in Serbia

The Ministry of Environmental Protection of the Republic of Serbia has developed a Roadmap for the circular economy in Serbia, a document that aims to bring together, connect and pro­mote all those actors whose knowledge, innovativeness and creativity can contribute to a faster transition to the circular economy.

The roadmap seeks to encourage the private sector to use circular business models and to motivate industry to create new jobs, as well as to inspire a shift in business operations through the introduction of innovative and sustainable solutions. The roadmap has been developed by the Circular Economy Platform for Sustainable Development in Serbia project, which was initiated and implemented by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

Finnish company Pa-Ri Materia extends the life of office furniture

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Finland

Language for original content:

Sector:

Scope:

Finnish company Pa-Ri Materia gives used office furniture a second life by refurbishing and selling it. The company purchases some of the furniture it recycles, while certain companies pay for their furniture to be recycled or reused.

Making a business case for African battery recycling

African battery recycling
Author: 
Reinhardt Smit
Publication Date: 
09/2020
Country: 
Netherlands

Language for original content:

Closing the Loop (CTL) and Fairphone have partnered with other circular innovators, such as the Dutch government, in a project that is likely to become a game-changer for the electronics industry - proving that scrap batteries from Africa can be used to produce clean materials for the future.

In the first-ever shipment of scrap Li-ion batteries from West Africa to Europe, CTL has taken the first step towards proving that these scrap batteries can be a sustainable source for resources.

The results of this pilot have been recorded in a white paper, available here.

TOMRA: leading the circular revolution in plastics

TOMRA's Circular Economy Division was established in January 2019 to speed up the transformation to a circular economy and shape future waste and resource systems.

Creating value out of waste for a sustainable future

TOMRA’s cutting-edge sorting technologies retain valuable resources by extracting high-purity fractions from mixed waste and metal streams in the most remote parts of the world. Its technology and equipment has been used in the world’s most advanced recycling plants.

The world’s most efficient deposit-based return systems

TOMRA is the world leader in reverse vending solutions. It provides an automated method for collecting, sorting and handling used beverage containers for recycling or reuse. TOMRA has over 84 000 facilities in more than 60 markets.

27 Oct 2020
Scaling the circular economy for industry

Want to discover the latest on industrial symbiosis and the future of sustainable industrial practices? Join this event on 27 October to learn about experiences and case studies regarding successful implementation of industrial symbiosis, find out about tools and gain access to guidelines to kick-start resource efficiency in your own industry.

Circular catering services from Pļaviņas in Latvia

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Latvia

Language for original content:

In the Latvian town of Pļaviņas, Pļaviņu Gymnasium's circular canteen will provide students with nutritious, healthy food with a focus on waste minimisation and environmentally-friendly transportation.

05 Nov 2020
FEAD

The webinar What will the German Presidency deliver on Circular Economy? organised by FEAD will focus on the on-going discussions under the German Presidency of the Council with regard to the new Circular Economy Action Plan and the key measures that are needed to ensure the full achievement of EU ambitions. Save-the-date: 5 November!

07 Oct 2020
European Commission

The European Commission is inviting all citizens and the wider community of stakeholders to express their views in a consultation on the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive before 6 January 2021.

14 Oct 2020
E-waste-quiz-puts-spotlight-on-International-E-waste-Day

The International E-waste Day initiative on 14 October aims to reduce the environmental burden of e-waste and to save natural resources. TCO Development has launched an e-waste quiz to support educational and awareness-raising activities linked to this initiative.

06 Oct 2020
Circular Economy Club logo

In 2020, more than ever, we need to work towards building resilient cities which can recover from environmental, social and health crises. CEC believes that the circular economy is a model that will help cities become more resilient. Circular Cities Week will take place on 26 Oct. to 1 Nov. 2020, alongside United Nations World Cities Day.

14 Oct 2020
CEPS logo

Drawing on the results of CIRC4Life, which implements circular economy business models in value chains, the webinar on "Incentivising new circular economy business models" on 14 October will present examples of circular business models and discuss barriers, enablers and the new Circular Economy Action Plan's role in accelerating towards a circular transition.

Curaprox - Collecting used toothbrushes in Slovakia

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Slovak Republic

Language for original content:

Scope:

Curaden Slovakia, the Slovak branch of the Swiss company Curaden AG, collects used toothbrushes for recycling in Slovakia. The company has been encouraging consumers to recycle their end-of-life products since 2017 through public awareness campaigns. 

Recycling Christmas trees: No more Christmas trees in landfills

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Greece

Language for original content:

Scope:

The Regional Association of Solid Waste Management Agencies of Central Macedonia and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment and Energy present the pilot project "No more Christmas trees in landfills". The project recycles discarded trees, using the wood chips as a secondary raw material to make pellets, biofuels and chipboards, and as organic waste for composting.

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) promotes recycling among local and European industrial members

The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) represents the recycling industry at European level. Gathering the national recycling federations from EU/EEA Member States, EuRIC represents over 5 500 companies, from market leaders to SMEs, who recycle waste streams, i.e. household or industrial and commercial waste, end-of-life vehicles, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment, packaging (paper and plastics), end-of-life tyres or textiles.

It serves as a platform for the cooperation and exchange of best practices, actively promotes recycling and contributes to European projects.

EuRIC’s event, the European Recycling Conference (ERC) discusses key questions with industry professionals and EU policy-makers.

Read about EuRIC's top five priorities from 2019-2024 here.

The Education for Zero Waste and Circular Economy platform

EduZWaCE

The EduZWaCE platform is one of the intellectual outputs of the project titled Education for Zero Waste and Circular Economy funded by the Greek National Agency in the frame of Erasmus+.

The platform is a virtual learning and collaboration environment for all interested stakeholders, using an interactive and collaborative online structure:

  1. Knowledge Hub: interactive resource centre gathering useful information for Vocational Education and Training teachers and professionals
  2. Online Training Course for EduZWaCE Manager and EduZWaCE Technician
  3. Partners Section for the partners in the EduZWaCE project
  4. Collaborative Section to inspire professionals from companies
  5. Diagnosis Tool for companies to investigate opportunities for circular economy and zero waste solutions.

Industrial Symbiosis, a path towards green growth

The main objective of the INSIGHT project is to develop a new professional profile: the industrial symbiosis facilitator, who helps transition towards the design of a common curriculum and learning approach.

Resource efficiency and the circular economy in Europe 2019 – even more from less

Resource efficiency and the circular economy in Europe 2019 – even more from less

Type:

Author: 
Paweł Kaźmierczyk (EEA) and Theo Geerken (ETC/WMGE).
Publication Date: 
04/2020
Country: 
EU

Language for original content:

Scope:

This European Environmental Agency Report presents an analysis of approaches and identifies trends, similarities and new directions taken by countries in resource efficiency and circular economy (CE). It is based exclusively on data provided by 32 Eionet members.

Its main objective is to stimulate exchange of information and good practice between countries and to support capacity building within Eionet.

Another objective is to contribute to various policy processes, including work carried out by European Commission, European Parliament and International Resource Panel.

The report addresses 6 elements:

  • material resource efficiency and CE in the EU
  • policy framework
  • monitoring and targets
  • examples of innovative approaches and good practice
  • other resources
  • way forward.

Europe’s consumption in a circular economy: the benefits of longer-lasting electronics

Europe’s consumption in a circular economy - the benefits of longer-lasting electronics

Author: 
EEA
Publication Date: 
06/2020
Country: 
EU

Language for original content:

Scope:

The electrical and electronics industry has been contributing to Europe socially and economically for almost 100 years. However, its production, use and disposal are resource- intensive activities resulting in significant environmental and climate impacts.

This European Environmental Agency (EEA) briefing describes how increasing product lifetime and improving ‘circularity’ are essential steps towards reducing impacts from electronics.

Case studies of 4 different electronic product groups show there is potential for significant increases in their actual lifetime use. Extending the lifetime and delaying the obsolescence of electronics can significantly reduce impacts and contribute to meeting EU environment, climate and circularity objectives.

The case for increasing recycling: Estimating the potential for recycling in Europe

The case for increasing recycling - Estimating the potential for recycling in Europe

Author: 
EEA
Publication Date: 
06/2020
Country: 
EU

Language for original content:

Scope:

EU legislation includes recycling targets for municipal, construction and demolition, and electronic waste. This European Environment Agency briefing shows that there is significant potential to increase recycling from all of these streams.

However, to fully exploit this potential, current barriers need to be overcome. This also requires strong implementation of targeted regulations to increase separate collection.

Implementing new policy measures, some of which are already included in the EU 2020 Circular Economy Action Plan, can both directly and indirectly exploit the potential for increased recycling.

Biodegradable and compostable plastics - challenges anf opportunities

Biodegradable and compostable plastics: what are the challenges and opportunities?

Author: 
EEA
Publication Date: 
08/2020
Country: 
EU

Language for original content:

Scope:

More and more plastic products are being labelled as ‘compostable’, ‘biodegradable’, ‘oxo-degradable’ or ‘bio-based’. However, plastics made from bio-based materials are not necessarily compostable or biodegradable. Moreover, plastics that do biodegrade can be made from fossil fuel-based materials.

What is the difference between compostable and biodegradable? What happens to biodegradable and compostable plastics when they are littered? Can citizens compost such products in their own gardens? Can such plastics be recycled?

This European Environment Agency (EEA) briefing aims to answer these questions.

ASPAPEL, the Spanish Association of Pulp and Paper Manufacturers, promotes a competitive and sustainable development of the sector by encouraging circular methods

Platform Type:

Country: 
Spain

Language for original content:

ASPAPEL is a Spanish association for pulp and paper manufacturers. They work to promote sustainable and competitive development of their member companies, especially focusing on the improvement of industries by applying circular methods in the recycling of used paper processes.

Their key areas are:

  • environment,
  • energy,
  • forestry,
  • recycling,
  • industrial relations,
  • occupational risk prevention,
  • public communications.

The association is governed by a General Assembly and a Management Board with assisting committees and working groups.

DuCoop presents innovative solutions for heating, water and energy management for a new district in Ghent with 400+ dwellings

Type of organisation or company:

Country: 
Belgium

Language for original content:

DuCoop invests in sustainable technologies for the Nieuwe Dokken, the new circular districts in Ghent. The cooperative DuCoop provides systems for decentralized water sanitation with water re-use, 4thgeneration district heating and smart energy management. The company contributes to the climate ambitions of the city of Ghent, by closing the loops on water, energy and nutrients.

Pages