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Aspects of the circular economy: waste management and smart cities

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Marta Castillo Sánchez, Michael Karner
Publication Date: 
04/2021
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Austria, Belgium, Spain

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REVOLVE magazine has published several articles on waste management and smart cities:

Future is waste. When it comes to climate change and environmental degradation, waste is both the problem and the solution.

This article focuses on the Interreg MED Green Growth Community's work on developing green and smart public services in Euro-Mediterranean cities.

Here’s a look at Euro-Mediterranean projects that have been making progress on the ground.   

Refind's Battery Refund machine: old batteries in, coupons for new batteries out

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Sweden

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Coop Norway, Energizer and Swedish Refind Technologies have come up with a battery refund machine. People can drop off dead household batteries and walk away with coupons to put towards the price of new batteries.

BIOCOSI: developing BIOdegradable and COmpostable packaging

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The Italian project BIOCOSI (BIOdegradable and COmpostable packaging for sustainable, circular and smart industry) has come up with a revolutionary solution to the problem of wastewater in the dairy sector.

22 Apr 2021
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As the Horizon 2020 research programme becomes Horizon Europe, what better time to witness how great ideas turned into real projects? LOOPS will be the opportunity to show the resulting cutting-edge research, and the change it can bring to our communities. The 22 April episode will focus on smart and circular composite materials.

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on municipal waste management systems

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Author: 
Jean-Benoît Bel, Paolo Marengo
Publication Date: 
04/2021
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Belgium

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ACR+ has run a survey targeting municipal and local authorities (and their waste operators) to understand and assess the impact of the COVID-19 on their waste systems, in particular regarding the services provided, the quantities collected, the health and safety measures, as well as the finances and communication to users.

The report presents the main information and trends coming out of this survey. It also provides an overview of the measures taken by local authorities to tackle the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures.

Local data were collected to analyse the impact of municipal waste generation and sorting performances. Several illustrations of good practices addressing key challenges are also highlighted.

04 May 2021
Recyclers' Talks

Join Recyclers’ Talks #2 on 4 May to discuss what is needed to achieve a true circularity in textiles while lowering the impacts on the environment & climate and find out how different players in the textiles chain can contribute to this goal.

15 Apr 2021
Rethinking waste management

This event on 15 April is organised under the umbrella of the weBuildBackSmart Initiative, which focuses on sustainable and circular solutions for economic boost in Southeastern and Eastern Europe.

SUSTAINair: bringing the aerospace and aviation sectors in line with circular principles

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The Horizon 2020 project SUSTAINair was launched recently. It aims to research and develop solutions to increase resource efficiency and aircraft performance while cutting down on waste and material costs throughout the aircraft life cycle - what is known as "circular aviation".

Aerocircular: upcycling end-of-life aircraft parts

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Aerocircular provides green, service-only, economical end-of-life aircraft recycling and upcycling services to fleet owners.

Herning and DFD do their bit to keep useable clothes in use

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The partnership between Herning and DFD has led to a new circular business model for the work clothing used by the municipality’s technical operations department.

RecyOuest: How to clean plastic used in farming without water

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France

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RecyOuest is a green economy start-up that recycles contaminated filamentary thermoplastics such as agricultural nets and twines.

Purrot: A self-cleaning vibrating Rotor-filter to separate manure or treat waste water

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Denmark

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PURROT is a filter  that can mechanically separate organic matter and nutrients from liquid, without using chemicals.

Purified Metal: Responsible processing of contaminated steel scrap into high-quality raw material

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Netherlands

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Purified Metal Company can responsibly process contaminated steel scrap into a high-quality raw material.

Residuos do Nordeste: an education and awareness campaign on the circular economy

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Portugal

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Residuos do Nordeste, an intermunicipal waste management company based in North-Eastern Portugal, is running an education and awareness-raising campaign called "Educar para uma Economia Circular" related to the top of the waste management hierarchy: prevention.

TailoredTile reinvents wall decoration

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Portugal

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TailoredTile creates decorative tile pieces completely made of recovered plastic. The company also promotes circular economy by accepting used tilegrams in exchange of purchase discounts, as this material can be crushed and shaped more than once.

Sonae Arauco: Sustainable wood-based panels made from wood industry by-products

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Sonae Arauco is a wood-based panel producer that contributes to the circular economy through the recovery of wood waste. It has developed a close value chain that reuses and recycles the wood residues generated during the production process. 

eCO2blocks: making construction materials from industrial waste, water not fit for drinking and CO2

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Portugal

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eCO2blocks creates an alternative – or a complementary material – to cement by producing building blocks made from industrial waste and water which is not fit for drinking.

Da Vide: reducing CO2 emissions when producing paper, paints and pens from by-products of grapevines

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Portugal

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In the Douro Valley of Portugal, the research and development project Da Vide has created a range of products using grapevine residues – from paper to pens – avoiding the use of plastics and wood and using agricultural waste as a resource.

University of Coimbra: using natural flocculants from waste eucalyptus wood to treat wastewater

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A team of researchers from the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Coimbra (FCTUC) has developed an innovative wastewater treatment technique using natural flocculants extracted from waste eucalyptus wood.

Fibrenamics and LREC-Azores: Circular economy project for the civil construction sector in the Azores

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Ambiente_Sregional is a circular economy project for the civil construction sector in the Azores, developed jointly by Fibrenamics, the international platform of the University of Minho, and the Regional Laboratory of Civil Engineering (LREC-Azores).

The Danube Goes Circular - a platform for collaboration and awareness raising

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Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia

The Danube Goes Circular is a circular economy platform, under the Interreg MOVECO project, which involves sixteen partners from the ten Danube countries. The platform offers a space for collaboration, awareness raising and a market place for reusable materials. Hence, it provides opportunities for trading materials and expanding their circularity.

Moreover, the platform offers information on how to extend a product’s useful life cycle and on legal requirements and business good practices linked to the promotion of circular economy.

Another benefit of the platform is that various stakeholders interested in circular topics can team up, which would ideally encourage the formation of partnerships.

For more information on the strategy named The Danube goes Circular, please click here.

Analysis of the European Crude Tall Oil Industry

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Fraunhofer Institute for Environmental, Safety and Energy Technology UMSICHT
Publication Date: 
01/2018
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EU

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Crude Tall Oil (CTO) is obtained from the wood pulping industry. Tall (from the Swedish word for pine) oil soap is collected from paper mills and then acidulated to make crude tall oil which is a mixture of fatty acids, rosin acids and other neutral materials.

CTO is a renewable material with great potential, high added value and extremely low carbon emissions. CTO can be further refined by fractionation, which separates it into tall oil fatty acids, tall oil rosins, distilled tall oil, pitch and heads.

CTO derivatives can be used in several sectors, such as animal feed and asphalt recycling, as well as for paints, lubricants, glues and road marking agents. CTO is not yet a widespread practice and could be further explored in the EU.

18 May 2021 to 20 May 2021
RREUSE study tour

RREUSE is organising its second online study tour designed to help public authorities implement re-use activities. The tour is tailored for representatives of local, regional and national authorities, municipalities and public waste companies wishing to develop re-use activities in their area using a social enterprise model.

SUEZ Ecopôle's eco-hub for waste collection

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France

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In France, SUEZ has invested EUR 10 million on the construction of a hub to recover waste from local businesses and authorities. Once sorted and recycled, the waste is then sold for reuse.

End-of-life seat belts get a new chance in Benefício's backpacks

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Portuguese startup Benefício devels limited edition products, with particular attention to the use of materials local knowledge. By adopting artisanal production methods and respecting fair trade and the environment, the company mostly applies the principles of circular economy, in particular upcycling.

VMfono, or how to create unique vinyl records from waste

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Music business can be circular, too! MWfono makes vinyl records from the waste that remains after cutting other records. Kayax label then packs the discs in recycled paper and employs a protection film made from maize.

Venturis HoReCa: repurposing waste resources for the hospitality industry

Venturis Food Waste Solutions

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Poland

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In Venturis HoReCa a group of professionals has joined forces, knowledge, expertise and ideas to tackle the problem of food waste. They have developed IT systems (KuMin.Sys and KuMin.App) to monitor and reduce food waste in kitchens and canteens. Monitoring of food waste is the first important step in the process of reduction. Venturis HoReCa also advises companies on how to limit food waste.

ELWIS: an Electronic Waste Registration System for a more responsible approach towards waste by households

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Czech Republic, Slovak Republic

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In Slovakia and Czechia, an initiative set by three recent graduates has been positively impacting the sector of waste management in both countries. The Elwis Waste Registration System has the objective to increase efficiency in the cities’ waste management systems by helping reducing the amount of mixed waste.

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