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Waste management & Secondary Raw Materials

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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Belgium

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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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Germany

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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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Sweden

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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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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.

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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Italy

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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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United Kingdom

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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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Belgium

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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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United Kingdom

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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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Netherlands

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

Scan your rubbish on ECONIT to improve waste management and collection

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Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovak Republic

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In 2017 JRK Waste management introduced an intelligent data system (ECONIT) to reduce the high quantities of mixed municipal waste in Czechia. The programme asks residents to scan their rubbish with QR codes. Information on the quantity and types of waste produced is then used by the local waste management agencies to improve collection and recycling rates.

SECONTRADE: The B2B platform for secondary raw materials

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Austria

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SECONTRADE is the first and largest European online market for secondary raw materials, launched in Austria in 2018. It digitalises waste management and enables the trade of recycled materials across Europe.

Oryzite: reusing rice husks to reduce the use of plastics

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Spain

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Oryzite is a method for incorporating rice husks as a filler in all types of thermoplastics. The company transforms the rice husks into resin, which can then be used to obtain the same volume of injection-moulded plastic using much fewer fossil-fuel-based polymers.

27 May 2021
EPA Research

The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems.The funding will be provided under the four EPA Research 2030 interconnected research hubs, including "Facilitating a green and circular economy".

07 Jun 2021
Recyclers Talks

Metal recycling plays a key role in Europe’s circular and climate neutral objectives. Thanks to their intrinsic properties, metals can be indefinitely recycled without losing their properties. Yet, more can be done to better reward metal recycling and circular metal value chains, while preserving the competitiveness of Europe’s recycling industry. Join EuRIC Recyclers’ Talks#3 on Circular Metals on 7 June 2021 to learn more!

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

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TOMRA
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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.

11 Oct 2021 to 17 Oct 2021
Circular Week 2021

Circular Week, an international campaign consisting of a series of events and initiatives devoted to circular economy and sustainable development, will take place on 12-18 October 2021 throughout Europe. Its goal is to promote the idea of a circular economy, support sustainable business models and establish cooperation between interested stakeholders.

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
New CEAP

The New Circular Economy Action Plan identifies textiles as a key product value chain where there is potential to boost the EU market for sustainable and circular textiles. The European Commission has launched a public consultation to gather input on challenges and gaps as well as opportunities for the sector towards sustainability.

Sălacea Romania: Going from 0 to 40% waste recycling rate within 3 months

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Zero Waste Europe
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09/2019
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Romania

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Romania’s recycling rate of 13% is one of the lowest in the EU with most waste going to landfill. The publication explains how the city of Sălacea, in the north-west of Romania, not only managed to quickly rise from almost no waste recycling to 40% in 3 months, but also how the community reduced its overall waste by 55%.

The case study also explains how political will, commitment from local waste operators and involvement of the community were key to the success of the strategy. The municipality introduced door-to-door household separate collection for 5 types of waste (paper and cardboard, plastic and metal, glass, bio-waste, residual waste) and implemented a four-week education programme with citizens before changing the collection infrastructure.

01 Jun 2021
Towards zero pollution in the Mediterranean agri-food sector

The Interreg MED Green Growth Community (GGC) will take part in EU Green Week, organising a partner event to present best practices on moving towards zero pollution in the agri-food sector, with a focus on the Mediterranean region. Join the webinar on 1 June! It aims to showcase how to make the agri-food value chain more sustainable by applying circular economy approaches.

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