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When it comes to recycling aluminium, Every Can Counts

The “Every Can Counts” programme aims to improve recycling by enabling and encouraging people to recycle drinks cans used outside the home (e.g. workplaces, festivals, tourist locations, etc.).

Biopolymers from bakery waste: now you can eat your cake and wrap the next cake, too

BREAD4PLA is a project conducted by a consortium of four European organisation led by AIMPLAS.

It seeked to demonstrate, in a pre-productive pilot plant process, the viability of poly(lactic acid), a bioplastic polymer (PLA), synthesized from waste products of the bakery industry for the production of bakery packaging.

Household organic waste and small plants: door to door collection solves the composting dilemma for inhabitants in Milan

The door to door households organic waste collection plan was first introduced in November 2012 in one quarter of the city of Milan and then was extended to the whole city in June 2014. Collection frequency is twice a week.The aim of the separate collection of food waste is to divert this material from incineration and to send it to AD for production of biogas and good quality compost.

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

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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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Spain

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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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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.

Green procurement: white aggregates in road resurfacing sparks up incentive for recycling

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Germany

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In Hamburg, green public procurement principles are included in the City's overarching procurement policy. Additional environmental contract requirements are imposed by the City.

Hamburg has taken a significant step forward to encourage an increase of recycling rates in construction materials by establishing an online exchange for soil, debris and construction materials.

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.

Port of Rotterdam: cyclists can enjoy a like-new bike lane, thanks to a bio-based ‘rejuvenator’ for recycled asphalt

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Netherlands

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The Port of Rotterdam Authority and the Municipality of Rotterdam in partnership with KWS Infra and Arizona Chemical to deploy recycled asphalt. The processing of rejuvenation utilizes a "rejuvenator" using raw material extracted from pine tree by-products.

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.

Visual and near-infrared spectroscopy might revolutionize textile recycling

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Sweden

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The research institute IVL has developed a new technology that may revolutionize textile recycling. It consists on sorting effectively clothes or other fabrics based on various types of fibres and it aims to increase efficiency and quality in textile sorting, therefore improving quality  of recycled products.

Recycling batteries now available at your nearest post office (Lithuania)

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Lithuania

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Lithuania Post is encouraging residents to pay special attention to waste batteries containing hazardous materials (lead, cadmium, mercury etc.) that may contaminate groundwater and damage the environment and human health.

A new recycling system for work clothes at Posti, Finland

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Finland

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Finland's post office has put in place a new recycling system to collect and separate its employee's valuable and re-usable work clothing that matches the new Posti brand, including mail deliverers’ shell jackets and trousers, winter coats and reflective work clothes.

Sustainable fish farming and fighting against food waste

The project located in the territory of Thau is an experimental project, carried out by the CPIE* Bassin de Thau with the involvement of different partners, including CIRAD* for scientific coordination. This project aims to develop a new fishing field by experimenting with mule farming and by testing the incorporation of bread from the catering industry into fish pellets.

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.

From waste water to biofuels: ECO3 bio- and circular economy business area

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Finland

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An innovative, industrial-scale, multidisciplinary bio- and circular economy business area, ECO3, is being built. A new creative ecosystem has been developed, which exceeds traditional sector boundaries, and in which one person’s waste is another’s commodity. The plant is expected to be fully operational in 2018.

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.

Offer and demand in secondary raw materials? Make the perfect match on MarketplaceHub

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Switzerland

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Marketplace Hub maps raw materials markets and industrial synergy networks worldwide by both their locations and what material they trade. It aims to aid interested businesses to find where they could source or sell their materials secondary raw materials.
Best practices, policies, and lessons learned are also included in the interactive web-based platform.

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.

GtoG: let's change the way gypsum based waste are treated

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Belgium

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The GtoG project has put in place an integrated approach to construction and demolition waste by holistic management, starting from the major refurbishment/demolition sites to the reincorporation of the recycled gypsum in the manufacturing process via the processing of gypsum waste as a secondary raw material

Digging gold from trash: ProSUM, a centralised database for critical secondary raw materials

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Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Netherlands, Slovenia, Sweden, United Kingdom

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Until now, the data on CRMs has been produced by a variety of actors and lies scattered in different databases, formats and reports which makes it difficult to compare or aggregate. The ProSUM project - Latin for ‘I am useful’ - aims at producing the EU Urban Mine Knowledge Data Platform (EU-UMKDP) providing user friendly, seamless access to data and intelligence on mineral resources from extraction to end of life products. The project will be addressed to a wide range of end-users, including the recycling industry, producers and producer compliance schemes, and policy makers.

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