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Giving plastic bottles a second life through “Bottle-to-Bottle” in Rostock

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Germany

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Every year in Rostock, Veolia converts 1 billion PET drinks bottles into so-called recyclate from which preforms/bottles can again be manufactured.

From expired bank cards to urban furniture

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Portugal

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Caixa identified the development of a recycling circuit for expired or damaged cards as an opportunity for improvement: bank cards (expired or at the end of their service lives) and non-bank cards (for example, loyalty cards made of plastic) are valued through plastic recycling..

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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Netherlands

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

88 000 tons of safe and quality food redistributed to 8 035 charitable organizations in 2017

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Italy

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With the help of a network of 21 Food Banks across the country, FBAO recovers surplus food and redistributes it to charitable organizations which assist people in need.

Product life extension through remanufacturing in Europe

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Belgium

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Following the successful completion of the European Remanufacturing Network project funded through Horizon 2020, the Conseil Européen de Remanufacture was launched in January 2017. It has members such as IBM, Lexmark, SKF, Panalpina, syncreon, Autocraft and others who pay annual membership subscriptions to develop, promote and exchange good practise between the many sectors in which remanufacturing occurs.

CEMA’s co-processing to turn cement waste into a resource

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Spain

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Cement and Environment Labour Foundation (CEMA Foundation) was created by Oficemen (Spanish Cement Association) and the two largest trade unions operating in the Spanish cement industry, CCOO de Construcción y Servicios and UGT-FICA, Federación de Industria, Construcción y Agro.

No more microplastic fibres in our laundry's waste water!

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United Kingdom

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The PlanetCare Filter is a simple, yet efficient filter for removing microfibrers from washing machine waste water.

Fairphone, a practical example of circular economy in action

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Netherlands

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Stakeholders teaming up within a Community of Practice, launch the report The Circular Phone that providing practical answers to common financing pitfalls for circular businesses, using Fairphone as the real-life example.

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

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.

Screen-lab: establishing a new reference framework to support H2020/ESIF synergies in Regions

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Belgium, Croatia, Finland, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, United Kingdom

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SCREEN is a Horizon 2020 project covering 17 European regions.

It aims at defining a replicable systemic approach towards a transition to Circular Economy in EU regions within the context of the Smart Specialization Strategy. The project also deals with the identification and implementation of operational synergies between investments in research and innovation under Horizon 2020, the Structural Funds and the European Investment Funds.

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 (PSL) Cooperative is the European EPS/XPS industry’s closedloop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste.

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

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

VinylPlus® is the renewed ten-year Voluntary Commitment to Sustainable Development by the European PVC industry. It was developed through dialogue with stakeholders including industry, NGOs, regulators, civil society representatives and PVC users. The scheme delivers concrete results in the use of additives, traceability, collection and recycling.

Do you see a Building... or a Bank of recyclable Materials?

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Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Portugal, Sweden, United Kingdom

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The BAMB project started in September 2015 and will progress for 3 and a half years as an innovation action within the EU funded Horizon 2020 program.

BAMB will enable a systemic shift where dynamically and flexibly designed buildings can be incorporated into a circular economy. Through design and circular value chains, materials in buildings sustain their value – in a sector producing less waste and using less virgin resources.

Different ways of turning wastewater treatment plants into resource recovery facilities

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Belgium, Finland, Germany, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom

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The EU FP7 funded project R3Water (“Demonstration of innovative solutions for Reuse of water, Recovery of valuables and Resource efficiency in urban wastewater treatment“) demonstrated solutions to support the transition from being purely a wastewater treatment plant using energy and chemicals, towards a resource facility delivering different valuables.

Focus in the project was to develop, demonstrate and test solutions for upgrading existing urban wastewater treatment plants and to improve resource efficiency with the implementation of new technologies and business models.

In the city of Almere, innovative waste project turns water plants into paper

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Netherlands

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The city of Almere, working together with local stakeholders and the company Millvision, has developed an innovative circular economy partnership. Mowed plants from the local lake instead of just being disposed of, are now being integrated by Millvision, a paper company, in to biomass blends used to produce sustainable paper.  The aquatic plant is a local and renewable input to the production of the paper but it also "circular" as something that would be discarded as waste is re-valued as a raw material used in production.

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. At the upgrading facility the concentrate is upgraded into high valuable heavy and light non-ferrous metal scrap products.

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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Spain

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

TheCircularLab: a packaging innovation laboratory

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Spain

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In 2017, Ecoembes has 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. Based in the La Rioja region, TheCircularLab aims to turn the region into a great centre for experimentation by enabling innovations to be tested on a real scale.

Visual and near-infrared spectroscopy might revolutionize textile recycling

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Sweden

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The research institute IVL has developed a new technology that may revolutionize textile recycling. It consists on sorting effectively clothes or other fabrics based on various types of fibres and it aims to increase efficiency and quality in textile sorting, therefore improving quality  of recycled products.

A new recycling system for work clothes at Posti, Finland

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Finland

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Finland's post office has put in place a new recycling system to collect and separate its employee's valuable and re-usable work clothing that matches the new Posti brand, including mail deliverers’ shell jackets and trousers, winter coats and reflective work clothes.

Sustainable fish farming and fighting against food waste

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France

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The project is located in the territory of Thau. This is an experimental project, carried out by the CPIE * Bassin de Thau with the involvement of different partners, including CIRAD* for scientific coordination. This project aims to develop a new fishing field, on the one hand, by experimenting with mule farming, an omnivorous local species less demanding in terms of protein intake and yet providing all the benefits required for human consumption, and on the other hand by testing the incorporation of bread from the catering industry into fish pellets.

These two aspects aim to produce a local fish with all the nutritional qualities at a lower cost and to reduce the food waste in the collective catering and the baker sector. The project aims to create an innovative and sustainable territorialized food system. The project is accompanied by education and awareness raising among actors and the public to combat food waste and responsible food behavior.

Offer and demand in secondary raw materials? Make the perfect match on MarketplaceHub

Marketplace Hub maps raw materials markets and industrial synergy networks worldwide by both their locations and what material they trade. It aims to aid interested businesses to find where they could source or sell their materials secondary raw materials.
Best practices, policies, and lessons learned are also included in the interactive web-based platform.

Meet Econyl®, the high quality regenerated nylon yarn

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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.

From strategy to financing: comprehensive guidelines for green start-ups

The Guidelines for green start-ups provide an overview of the most relevant areas and issues for green entrepreneurs in order to facilitate the transition towards a climate-friendly economy, by avoiding the irreparable losses involved in unsustainable consumption and production. More specifically, they provide an overview of main barriers, key opportunities and most common as well as most recent financial instruments available for start-ups.