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RE-Salt initiative: Recycling of industrial salty process water

Tanks of the pilot plant - Re-Salt

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Germany

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After several years of research, a pilot plant has been constructed and gone into operation within Covesto’s project Cycles (funded by German Federal Ministry of Environment (BMUB)), to demonstrate the reuse of low-concentrated salt-containing wastewater streams.

Herman Miller are Closing the Loop on Wood Waste

Wood waste being picked for recycling

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United Kingdom

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Offcuts and wood waste generated during production at the Herman Miller production facility in Wiltshire is collected and delivered to Timberpak, utilising empty vehicle space and back loading to minimise their environmental footprint.

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

Mattresses re-designed for re-use and recycling

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Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom

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Production of organic, natural, luxury mattresses, toppers and bedding, using 100% biodegradable material wherever possible.

Alternatives to single-use plastic bags in Morocco

Moroccan women producing durable by reusing other single-use bags

SCP/RAC promotes an action in Morocco to support the country in transitioning from single-use plastic bags to other green means.

The DGNB Navigator – a database fostering transparency on circular economy aspects

The DGNB Navigator – A database fostering transparency on circular economy aspects

By providing life cycle assessment data and information on the End of Life scenarios, the DGNB Navigator facilitates the application of the life cycle assessment method and fosters the use of circular economy suitable construction products.

DNGB certification provides bonuses for applying circular economy principles in sustainable construction

Circular economy principles made assessable and measurable in the DGNB certification of sustainable districts, buildings and interiors

DGNB: The German Sustainable Building Council (DGNB) is a central knowledge platform for sustainable building and provides the world’s most advanced sustainable building certification system which makes Circular Economy aspects measurable and assessable.

A populated circular city set up on the site of a 12.000m2 abandoned swimming pool

BlueCity Rotterdam

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Netherlands

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An incubator for circular entrepreneurs in and around Rotterdam, BlueCity creates a much needed tangible and inspiring example for the circular economy, closing the loops and building the city and the economy of the future. Set in a deserted swimming pool, this dynamic community of entrepreneurs, researchers, neighbours, government and education representatives serves as a breeding ground for 25+ innovative, circular companies linking their waste-streams.

Ecopixel: Recycled and Recyclable Plastic

Ecopixel: Recycled and Recyclable Plastic

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Italy

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Collecting, reusing or recycling plastic (*LDPE) trash, stepping up the use of recycled plastic and modifying product designs to minimize new plastic use. Ecopixel aims to keep the material pure so that also after this cycle it can be recycled a third or fourth time and so on ...

ProofPositive Tile: Creating a climate fit for life

The new Interface Proof Positive carpet tile prototype stores 2kg CO2 per square metre, compared to an average Interface carpet tile, which emits 7kg of CO2 per sq metre

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Netherlands

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Every day plants pull carbon out of the atmosphere through photosynthesis but release it when they decompose. Interface has taken specifically selected plant-derived carbon and converted it into a durable material that stores that carbon for at least a generation. The carbon is stored in the materials that make up the Proof Positive tile.

 

Biobased substrate compost: a high quality circular ingredient for potting soil

Successful test with bio-based substrate compost at Wageningen University & Research with Begonias

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Netherlands

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Attero introduces a new high quality product that is used as ingredient for substrates and potting soils: biobased substrate compost. The process for achieving this quality is unique in the world of compost production.

SwitchMed - MED TEST II

Skaff Dairy Farm

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Other (Lebanon)

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Skaff Dairy Farm is a small-sized enterprise, which produces around 840 t of dairy products annually for the local market. Skaff Dairy Farm joined the MED TEST II project in order to improve quality and reduce defects, to drive out waste and continuously improve cost efficiency. The main problems the company faced was energy and finished products losses. The company was already ISO 22000:2005 certified at the project start.

Working with Industrial Spaces to Exemplify Reuse - WISER LIFE

Rediscovery visual

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Ireland

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The WISER project impacts positively upon behavioural change in relation to resource efficiency and reuse principles. Through its activities WISER raises awareness relating to resource consumption and waste generation building upon pilot project activities of the Rediscovery Centre that hosts 4 social enterprises (upcycling paints, furniture, fashion and bicycles). 

Traditional Christmas ham goes circular with the HamTrick campaign (Kinkkutemppu)

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Finland

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The Ham trick (Kinkkutemppu in Finnish) is a consumer campaign that was organised in 2016 and 2017 in Finland during the Christmas period.

The Ham trick is a cross-sectoral co-operation with Finnish companies and organizations. The aim of the campaign was to bring the concept of circular economy closer to consumers, to advise about recycling and at the same time avoiding that the drains were choked by excess fat when preparing the traditional Christmas ham.

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.

Turning coffee by-product into green energy

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Netherlands

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This joint venture is a successful and genuine example of a short circuit circular loop where Veolia and Jacobs Douwe Egberts developed a solution to use spent coffee grounds from the plant’s production process to produce steam.

Cradle-to-grave recycling process at Mosca GmbH

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Mosca's PET strap is made from 100% recycled material: the so-called "bottle flakes" are a result of recycled plastic bottles coming from the empties of discounters.

VinylPlus®: the Voluntary Sustainable Development Programme of 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.

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.

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.

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.

From environmental nuisance to secondary raw material: coastal vegetal waste in composites industry

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Spain

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The main objective of SEA-MATTER is to demonstrate and validate the reuse of coastal algae and seaweed accumulations as raw materials in composites industry.

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.

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