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New, innovative bioenergy products from paper and pulp mills’ sidestreams utilizing novel biogas technology

EcoEnergySF Oy has a biogas plant in the area of Metsä Fibre Bioproduct Mill in Äänekoski, Finland. The biogas plant processes the wastewater slurries of the BioproductMill, and turn those into biogas for transportation, carbon dioxide for pulping process as well as fertilizers and solid biofuel for boiler plants.

Geocycle gives second life to C&DW through the cement manufacturing process

The cement industry and LafargeHolcim under the Geocycle brand, have developed strong expertise in coprocessing. This latter refers to the simultaneous recovery of energy and the recycling of mineral materials within one single industrial process: cement manufacturing. This waste treatment solution allows 100% of the material input to be recovered or recycled in the production process.

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

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.

Attero InfiniteFilm: high-end post-consumer film recycling

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Netherlands

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24 Kton annualy will be converted into LDPE re-granulate in the new recycling factory Attero is building in Wijster. Contaminated film is cleaned and turned into a high quality and odorless re-granulate.

Cardyon: reuse of CO2 for polyols production

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Germany

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Covestro has developed an innovative technology that allows using CO2 as raw material for the production of chemical building blocks for high-quality plastics.

Cradle-to-grave recycling process at Mosca GmbH

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Germany

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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.

Surplus capacity? Waste it no more: FLOOW2 facilitates B2B Asset Sharing

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Netherlands

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FLOOW2 is the sharing marketplace solution for every business, organization and network.

FLOOW2 works locally and internationally, to identify needs and opportunities of asset sharing for businesses. Sharing assets may be a new concept, but it is an integral part of the development towards a more circular economy in which collaboration is key!

At-home recycling of bioplastics - and all domestic food waste - thanks to the seriously HOT composting bin

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Netherlands

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The HOTBIN is an innovative hot compost bin that super heats your food and garden waste to 60°c. It can suit not only individual needs, but also the needs of sport clubs, canteens or schools, mixing food waste with biodegradable plastics.

PolyStyreneLoop project: pioneer demonstration plant to treat up to 3300 tonnes of polystyrene waste/yr as of 2018

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Netherlands

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The PolyStyreneLoop Cooperative is the European EPS/XPS industry’s closed loop solution for the recycling of polystyrene (PS) insulation foam waste.

This project employs a ground-breaking technology to dissolve PS foam waste while also allowing for the extraction and recovery of bromine from the restricted flame retardant chemical, HBCD, which can then be used again in the production.

From waste water to RichWater, an innovative technology for combining treatment and reuse in agriculture

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Spain

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RichWater is a EU Horizon 2020 funded project which has provided an innovative technology for wastewater reuse in agricuture. An integrated approach combining treatment and irrigation in a single system enables taking maximum advantage of nutrients.

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.

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 to be upgraded into metal scrap products.

Contarina integrated waste management model: 'Door to Door', 'Pay As You Throw'

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Italy

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Contarina’s waste management model success is based on a curbside collection system with a “pay as you throw” fee: a model that has been thoroughly tried and tested. For years, Contarina has been leader in Europe in recycling and is an example of cutting-edge public entity in terms of services and results, working with the community to achieve a common goal: protection of the environment.

Rolling Plastics: towards precision sorting of plastics components from end-of-life vehicles

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Recycling plastic parts from scrapped end-of-life vehicles (ELV) in the Basque Country to obtain high-added-value granules.

Recover® recycled yarns adress the high environmental pressure of cotton textile production

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Spain

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Hilature Ferre mill has been recycling textile materials since 1947, but it is in 2015 that the company officially launched its Recover Upcycled Textile System for open end high quality recycled yarns.

Hilaturas Ferre collects and sorts textile waste resources from all over the planet, cutting and shredding them to produce new fiber to feed their industrial spinning process.

Smart magnetic separation turns any kind of PET plastic into high quality raw material

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Netherlands

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Ioniqa is a clean-tech-spin-off based in the Netherlands that has developed an innovative process to recycle all types and colours of PET waste into high quality pure raw materials that ensures a less impact on scarce resources like oil.

TheCircularLab: a packaging innovation laboratory

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Spain

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In 2017, Ecoembes 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. TheCircularLab aims to turn the La Rioja region into a great centre for experimentation by enabling innovations to be tested on a real scale.

Stroller sharing: busy moms and dads can enjoy easier trips to the shops with Buggybooker

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Belgium

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If car sharing could be a success, so could buggy sharing! This thought led to Frank Verheijden championing the idea, and in 2014, Buggybooker started commercially sharing children's buggies.

SubsTer® - Transforming quarry tailings into fertile ground

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France

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SubsTer can be used to preserve natural spaces and recreate landscaped areas.

Cooling servers, cleaning bodies: recycled heat from server room provides hot water in the sports hall showers of the Jean Moulin University, Lyon

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France

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Stimergy by using a liquid cooling and heat recovery system in server rooms or by decentralising its servers in "digital boilers" located in residential and public buildings recycles heat from data servers to water heating systems. Thanks to its liquid heat recovery system, Stimergy both reduces energy waste of servers and energy needs of water heating systems.

Cooperation between Aurubis and Grillo-Werke yields a perfect closed loop for copper and zinc

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Germany

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Aurubis, an expert in multi-metal recycling, and Grillo-Werke, specialised in zinc and sulphur products, cooperate to make a perfect closed loop for non ferrous trace elements.

Residual zinc from copper production is used by Grillo-Werke as a secondary raw material for zinc sulfate. Residues from this production - including copper, tin and lead - are then fed back to Aurubis.

INDRA, a competitive end-of-life vehicles treatment branch, recuperates up to 95% of car mass

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France, Spain

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Renault and Suez (formely Sita France), through their joint-venture INDRA have created a competitive end-of-life vehicle treatment program which is comprised of a network of 350 end of life (EVL) dismantlers. In 2016 recovered 355 000 end of life vehicles.

The functional economy in the chemical industry: 8 case studies demonstrate efficiency and sustainability

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Netherlands

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Take Back Chemicals is innovating by proposing a 'functional economy' business model in the use of chemicals. Traditional business models are based on sales per volume, whereas TBC uses "chemical leasing" and regeneration process for greater efficiency and sustainability.  

The report is based on the study of 3 cases in Belgium and 5 cases in the Netherlands with leading chemical industries.

Electric and electronic waste: a little incentive goes a long way

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Germany

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Binee is a local recycling service to dispose of outdated electric and electronic appliances, gaining success by its understanding of consumers' expectations and behaviours. A right mix between convenience, digital tracking, transparency and reward system makes it an efficient approach to maximise 'Urban mining' in EEEW.

Meet Econyl®, the high quality regenerated nylon yarn

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Italy, Slovenia

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Used nylons, mainly from the fishing industry, are gathered, reprocessed and turned into an innovative ecological nylon material, called econyl. They are afterwards sold for further use.

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