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ROOTS - circular policies for changing the biowaste system

CirculaR pOlicies for changing the biOwasTe System (ROOTS): a position paper

ROOTS
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HOOP, ValueWaste, Scalibur, WaysTUP!
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05/2021
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Greece

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4 Horizon 2020 projects working on biowaste valorisation have teamed up to promote innovative solutions for the circular bioeconomy. This joint initiative is named ROOTS-circulaR pOlicies for changing the biOwasTe System. The projects - HOOP, ValueWaste, Scalibur and WaysTUP - are piloting new solutions to transform urban biowaste and wastewater into valuable products like Feed, Fertilisers, Bioplastics, Biopesticides, Proteins and Bioethanol.

The promoters have discussed their views and shared their concerns on policy barriers hindering innovations that lead to the Circular Economy for urban biowaste. As a result of the discussion, 4 focus topics have been singled out, accompanied by proposed solutions, that will constitute the key messages and be addressed in future initiatives.

URBIOFIN - from waste to bioproducts through biorefinery

URBIOFIN

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Greece

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The URBIOFIN project aims to demonstrate the techno-economic and environmental viability of an integrated and innovative biorefinery for the transformation of the organic fraction of municipal solid wasteinto new marketable bioproducts, chemical building blocks, biopolymers and additives for different markets like agriculture and cosmetics.

Leadax: Circular building materials out of PVB waste

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Netherlands

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Leadax uses high-tech material and production knowledge to develop and manufacture 100% circular materials out of discarded PVB for waterproofing buildings.

18 Jun 2021
Research into circular economy perspectives in the management of textile products and textile waste in the European Union

This study aims to provide information about circular economy perspectives in the management of textile products and textile waste in the European Union. The report improves the understanding of current value chains in the manufacturing and retailing of apparel products in the EU and provides a detailed picture of material flows in the EU textile sector in a global context. 

Organic glues and adhesives by Menichetti

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Italy

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The Italian company Menichetti produces organic glues and adhesives intended for sustainable packaging. The raw material is obtained from leather and tanning industry by-products.

The Waste Transformers: Turning food waste into valuable resources on-site

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Netherlands

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The Waste Transformers transforms organic (food) waste in an anaerobic digester called a Waste Transformer housed in 20-foot shipping containers into clean energy, water and high-grade fertiliser whilst also upcycling the waste into new raw materials for paper, textiles or soaps. They do this all on-site where the waste is produced. No transport, no CO2.

16 Jun 2021
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On 16 June 2021, Circular Fashion Partnership Event "Policy Gaps and Opportunities for circular fashion in Bangladesh" (10:00 a.m - noon CEST) will present the opportunities and discuss identified barriers to accelerating the transition to a circular fashion business model in Bangladesh. The event will bring together prominent policy makers and industry executives to discuss potential solutions for Bangladesh to become a leader in circular fashion.

Biorizon: the profitable way to bio-aromatics

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Netherlands

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Biorizon has been co-creating technologies for the production of bio-aromatics at the Green Chemistry Campus in Bergen op Zoom since 2013. Together with industrial partners, Biorizon creates and develops innovative chemical processes for the production of renewable aromatics from residual biomass. Their aim is to enable commercial production of bio-aromatic building blocks by 2025.

CuRe: Low energy molecular polyester recycling

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Netherlands

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CuRe has discovered a smarter and scalable technology for creating a fully circular polyester chain. It rejuvenates any type of used polyester by removing the colour and converting it into clear pellets with the same properties as virgin grade polyester.​ In July 2020, a pilot plant in Emmen (Netherlands) was opened for rapid scale-up.

16 Jun 2021
Webinar: new report on navigating the sustainable IT revolution

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Online event
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Sweden

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Join TCO Certified for a presentation on 16 June of their upcoming report Impact and Insights: Navigating the Sustainable IT Revolution. The report will be launched in June and focuses on the critical role of independent verification and and answers the question: How to avoid false claims and greenwash by getting proof in your IT procurement?

Too Good to Go: the global food reduction app

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Denmark

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Too Good to Go is an app for reducing food waste. It's operated by a Danish company which seeks to inspire and empower individuals to do something to stop food waste.

Green Alley Award: rewarding the most innovative circular start-ups

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EU, Germany

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The Green Alley Award is Europe’s first prize for start-ups active in the circular economy, launched in 2014 by the Landbell Group.

The initiative aims at supporting a climate-neutral circular economy by encouraging and promoting promising business ideas to turn waste into resources and fight the abundance of plastic waste in our economy.

Borealis: producing renewable polypropylene from renewable propane

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Austria

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Borealis manufactures polypropylene using renewable feedstock provided by Neste. Specifically, Neste produces renewable propane and Borealis converts it to renewable propylene and subsequently to renewable polypropylene.

Brens uses scrap iron, crushed concrete and pulverised rubber to build tomorrow's railways

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Czech Republic

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Czech company Brens, which produces rail tracks, tram and railway lines, has turned to production processes using recycled materials.

Envien Group: producing biofuel from crops and used oil

Envien Group

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Slovak Republic

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Each of the companies in the Envien Group produces a biofuel component, with waste used for specific purposes, such as manufacturing pelleted animal feed or as a co-substrate for biogas production.

Entocycle: turning insects into protein bars for animals

Entocycle

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United Kingdom

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Entocycle upcycles local food waste to feed black soldier fly larvae, which grow very fast and become protein-rich animal feed.

Chip[s] Board: making bio-plastics from potato waste

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United Kingdom

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UK-based Chip[s] Board have developed a range of innovative, circular materials from potato waste.

01 Jun 2021
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The online panel discussion organised by European Policy Centre (EPC), in partnership with Apple, on 1 June 2021 will bring together policy-makers, and representatives of industry and civil society to discuss the role of innovation and partnerships in achieving zero pollution, climate neutrality and a circular economy.

Teemill's circular supply chain: from cotton seed to t-shirt, nothing is wasted!

Teemill

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United Kingdom

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The company Teemill produces t-shirts from organic cotton. They are designed to be sent back to the company when they are worn out.

Philips: Recycled plastics for brand-new coffee machines

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Netherlands

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Since 2010, Philips has been working on introducing recycled plastics into its product portfolio. The baseplate of Senseo Original coffee makers, the company’s most popular model, has been changed to 95% post-consumer recycled plastic.

Rewarding recycling: Learnings from the world’s highest-performing deposit return systems

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TOMRA
Publication Date: 
02/2021
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Germany, Other (Norway)

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An increasing number of countries consider implementing a deposit return system for single-use beverage containers to address today’s challenges, i.e.:

  1. meeting new waste recovery targets,
  2. ending littering and
  3. moving towards a circular economy.

TOMRA shares lessons learnt from its 45+ years’ experience of innovating and managing deposit return systems globally in a new white paper including:

  • outcomes of effective deposit return systems
  • 4 key principles and 12 elements of high-performing deposit return systems
  • dozens of case studies on real-world implementation of deposit return policy.

The white paper seeks to contribute to an educated discussion on recycling best practice – including what can be learnt from the past and what the future may look like.

19 May 2021
global dimension of textiles in a circular economy

The new Circular Economy Action Plan identifies textiles as a key product value chain with potential to boost the EU market for sustainable and circular textiles. The European Commission is organising a series of targeted stakeholder workshops to gather input on challenges and gaps as well as opportunities for the sector towards sustainability. Join the second workshop on 2 June 2021!

08 Jun 2021
The Market-driven Circular & Bioeconomy

The Market-driven Circular & Bioeconomy EU Green Week Partner Event on 8 June 2021 brings together representatives of European projects based on industry-academic partnerships in the fields of biodiversity, forestry, engineering, chemistry, agriculture, and transport.

17 May 2021

Imagine Circularity is a new global initiative aiming to reach one million people in Europe and beyond. At its core is a short survey which exposes all participants to the basics of a circular economy, educates them and gathers their views and perceptions of circularity.

Plastic Energy - Recycling plastics that no-one else can

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United Kingdom

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Complementing traditional mechanical recycling efforts, Plastic Energy has developed a patented Thermal Anaerobic Conversion (TAC) technology to convert end-of-life plastic waste into a new feedstock, called TACOIL, that can be used in the manufacturing of virgin-quality plastics suitable for food-grade packaging.

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