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29 Jun 2021

Lors d’un colloque organisé à l’ESCP, le 29 juin en présence de Florent Menegaux, président de Michelin, l’association française Entreprises pour l’Environnement (EpE) dévoile le fruit de trois ans de réflexion de sa commission «Ressources Naturelles» sur l’économie circulaire. Illustrée de 27 démarches concrètes mise à bien par des entreprises, la publication insiste sur l’importance des partenariats, décrit leurs principaux objectifs et, en collaboration avec la Chaire Economie Circulaire de ESCP-Deloitte, propose une analyse de la diversité des principaux modèles de gouvernance observés.

E-waste Race: school-based collection of old electronic devices

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Netherlands

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The E-waste Race is an educational competition between ten primary schools to collect old electronic devices. Project participants are given an introductory lecture about recycling and the valuable materials contained in electronic devices. They then start collecting e-waste and the school which collects the most wins an educational - and fun! - school trip.

16 Jun 2021
Recyclers Talks

Going the extra mile on the road towards a climate neutral and circular economy is a must to achieve the targets set by the European Green Deal - and tyre recycling is key. Tyres are complex products made from the very best quality raw materials, such as rubber, steel and textile fibres.

Recyclers have invested heavily in recovering more materials from end-of-life tyres while creating non-outsourceable jobs and contributing to environmental sustainability. However, there is still considerable room for improvement in the European Union with a view to optimising tyre recycling.

Join Recyclers’ Talks #4 | Boosting Tyre Recyclers - Essential to the European Green Deal on 16 June to discuss what is needed to achieve more circularity in tyres and a more sustainable value chain. Find out how different players in the tyre value chain can contribute to this goal.

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

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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.

Nic&Mic: Upcycling waste while supporting employment

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Ocean Sole takes the world's most widely worn shoe, the flip flop, and turns it into art, and the Dutch company Nic&Mic sells it in the Benelux countries. Ocean Sole is Kenya-based and began with the desire to clean up beaches that were heavily polluted with plastic and flip flops. Ocean Sole has grown to employ 90 Kenyans.

The Circular Economy in Granada, Spain

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OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities (CFE)
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05/2021
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France

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The COVID-19 may have hit the pause button on tourism, but it also highlighted the need to switch to the circular economy.

This report summarises the findings of a two-year policy dialogue with the city of Granada in Spain, and provides recommendations and a vision to transition to a circular economy. It draws on Granada’s own experience with the transformation of a wastewater treatment plant into a bio factory in 2015, which contributed to increased water reuse and the production of new material from waste. The report argues that the city of Granada can play a role as a promoter, facilitator and enabler of the circular economy. This will require a collective and coordinated approach across all stakeholders and levels of government.

Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy

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Vera Weghmann (Public Service International Research Unit)
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09/2020
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EU

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The circular economy promises a move away from a linear model of growth (extract, make, dispose) to a sustainable model (recycle, reuse, remake, share). This report, Safe Jobs in the Circular Economy, commissioned by the European Public Service Union (EPSU), focuses on the role of labour in the transition to a circular economy and, in particular, the health and safety of workers operating waste and wastewater management systems.

CuRe: Low energy molecular polyester recycling

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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.

Tradecowall: Upcycling mixed mineral construction and demolition waste

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The cooperative company Tradecowall manages construction and demolition waste in the Belgian Walloon region and comprises a network of companies working with inert waste recycling centres in the region.

URBAN WASTE: Reducing municipal waste generated by tourism

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The URBAN WASTE project focuses on urban strategies for waste management in tourist cities. It involved stakeholders from 11 pilot areas and studied the challenges inherent in waste management so that appropriate strategies responding to real-world needs can be devised and implemented.

SCALITE®: creating interior design applications from fish scales

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SCALITE® is a material produced by SCALE and is made completely from fish scales, a by-product of the fishing industry. The material is manufactured in stone-like blocks which are suited to many applications in interior design and decoration for the hospitality and retail sectors, offices and homes.

FORCE project: Cities Cooperating For Circular Economy

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Denmark, Germany, Italy, Portugal

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The FORCE project is an EU-funded project seeking to promote the shift towards the circular economy. Running from September 2016 to January 2021, the project identified four main focus areas: plastic waste, wood waste, used electronic and electrical equipment, and food and biowaste.

RECYCLO: Urban platform for the circular economy

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RECYCLO is a multi-stakeholder cooperative society (SCRL). It provides consultancy, training and business development, with the objective of raising awareness about urban waste.

It offers a collection service tailored to urban constraints and catering for professionals. It helps them to reduce the quantity of waste produced and to sort it more effectively. Its projects are conducted by means of partnerships with private and public initiatives, and tackle issues such as recycling smartphones, biomaterials, putting orange peels to use and creating a compost site in Brussels.

Recyklujme stavby! - Let's recycle buildings

Recyklujme stavby! is a Czech online platform aimed at fostering the standardisation of recycling methods for construction materials

The platform offers construction professionals a series of services to implement circularity in the sector:

  • The catalogue of products and materials containing secondary raw materials (an online version of the document for the Czech Standardization Agency) and recycled products
  • Legislative requirements and related regulations standards
  • Test procedures for putting recycled products into practice.
  • A glossary of terms to help professionals to get familiar with the issue.

The platform is an initiative of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic and the Czech Standardization Agency.

RCERO Ljubljana: efficient waste management

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The Ljubljana Regional Centre for Waste Management (RCERO Ljubljana) is a national centre for environmentally-friendly waste management in Slovenia.

SeRaMCo: recycling CDW into concrete precast products

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Belgium, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Netherlands

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The Interreg North-West Europe project SeRaMCo (Secondary Raw Material for Concrete Precast Products) focused on researching and promoting the use of secondary raw materials from construction and demolition waste (CDW).

Buurman: the local hardware store and workshop that teaches you about the value of secondary materials

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Buurman is a hardware store and workshop that only uses secondary materials, such as wood from demolition sites and insulation materials, plywood and cables from construction sites in Rotterdam or from exhibitions and festivals.

Allgro: turning wastewater into water for their fruit and vegetable cutting business

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In May 2019, the Belgium-based fruit and vegetable cutting business Allgro set up its own water plant. The facility turns wastewater into drinking water, thereby slashing the food company’s mains water consumption.

ALBA Group: manufacturing plastic from secondary raw materials

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ALBA Group is a major company active in recycling, environmental services and the supply of raw materials. It has come up with a method for producing plastic using secondary raw materials.

PeeCycle: making fertiliser from urine

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Belgium

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Peecycle aims to reduce the production and import of fertilisers from all over the world while making more efficient use of an inexhaustible source of minerals which is currently viewed as waste: urine!

Food waste kitchen sink disposers by VA Syd: from waste to biogas

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In cooperation with VA Syd, the City of Malmö has established a pilot project in which kitchen waste disposers have been installed as an easy-to-manage method of dealing with food waste.

Envien Group: producing biofuel from crops and used oil

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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.

Ressourcerie Namuroise, a cooperative collecting, recycling and reusing waste

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The Ressourcerie Namuroise in Belgium provides collection and processing services for bulky household waste, while also helping people with scant marketable skills to break into the labour market. In 2017, the cooperative established a partnership with Namur's waste management authority, which enabled municipalities to outsource the collection of bulky items with a view to their reuse.

Thanks to Eco Veneta, construction and demolition waste goes back to construction sites for a new adventure

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Eco Veneta specialises in the collection and recycling of waste from construction and demolition sites in the Italian provinces of Verona, Vicenza, Padova and Rovigo.

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

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

Mapei: recovering unused concrete from mixer lorries

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The Italian company Mapei has come up with a product which brings leftover cement in mixer trucks back into the production cycle.

Carrefour: reusable and recyclable carrier bags made from marine waste

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In 2019, Carrefour Belgium introduced a range of reusable and recyclable carrier bags made from marine waste. The retailer collaborated with Seaqual, an organisation that cleans up the oceans and seabed, to source the plastics needed.

The Shellworks collective recycles lobster shells into various types of bioplastic

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The Shellworks designers’ collective recycles seafood shells to make bioplastic, in order to reduce plastic use and waste.

Ocean Cleanup - From the Great Pacific Garbage Patch to design sunglasses

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Ocean Cleanup has launched design sunglasses made from plastic removed from the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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