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A French act of law against waste and for a circular economy

Loi anti-gaspillage

This French act of law contains about 50 measures providing for:

  • new obligations with the creation of new producer responsibility sectors to include new product families in the circular economy (toys, sports and do-it-yourself equipment, building materials, cigarette butts, sanitary textiles);
  • new prohibitions on single-use plastics and to fight waste of food and non-food unsold products;
  • new tools to better control and sanction offences against the environment (greater power for mayors to combat littering and illegal dumping), to support companies in their eco-design initiatives (bonus/malus-type incentives) and to assist citizens in new consumption practices (repairability index, information on environment and health impacts of products, harmonisation of info on sorting, etc.).

'Become a Miljönär' campaign: beneficial to circular consumption and participating businesses

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Sweden

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The campaign “Be a Miljönär” [a pun which merges miljö (environment) with miljonär (millionaire)] has a long-term goal: reducing waste and making sustainable consumption a habit among people aged between 18 and 30.

Green Generation - Together for the Earth

Green Generation - Together for the Earth

Green Generation

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Polish Chamber of Digital Economy
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01/2020
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Poland

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The Polish Chamber of Digital Economy, an Ecommerce Europe member, has published a report on sustainability in e-commerce.

This report, titled Green Generation, shows that Polish consumers generally spot environmentally-unfriendly behaviours of retailers, but they do not quite want to take responsibility for making e-commerce less harmful to the environment; only one in five consumers is willing to wait longer for a shipment to be delivered through a grouped consignment.

As they already engage in some environmentally-friendly practices, such as collecting parcels from dedicated points, they do not seem willing to take up financial responsibility, such as paying extra charges for more ecological packaging or deliveries.

USAD - Lithuania's Reverse Vending Machines - credit for plastic

In February 2016, the government of Lithuania implemented a “deposit return system”, to give consumers an incentive to return used beverage containers for recycling. To combat litter and increase collection and recycling rates, consumers would pay a deposit amount of €0.10 when purchasing eligible drink containers, to be refunded when the empty container is returned for recycling.

"+Ricicli +Viaggi" makes it possible to pay for metro rides with plastic bottles

The Roman public transport provider, Atac, has launched +Ricicli +Viaggi (the more you recycle, the more you travel), a pilot scheme in which riders can pay for travel with PET plastic bottles.

Mercato Circolare - a smartphone app searching for circular economy products, services and events

Free-of-charge smartphone app to search for circular economy products, services and events. 

Flustix - Labelling plastic goods to support responsible consumption

Flustix Plasticfree & Flustix Recycled

Flustix is a certification body for plastic-free and partially plastic-free products as well as goods made from recycled plastics. By making plastic reduction clearly visible for customers, the certification provides guidance and the opportunity to make a plastic-aware buying decision.

How recyclable is this packaging, once in consumers' hands? PREP Design makes a thorough assessment.

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United Kingdom

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PREP is a tool used by brand owners and packaging designers. By entering all the packaging characteristics in the platform software, a detailed report lists what happens to it when recycled by consumers and to which extent it is recyclable in real-life conditions.

ReWeee: Reducing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in Greece

Reweee project

The ReWeee Project aims to prevent the creation of Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and to demonstrate that WEEE can be efficiently sorted and re-used.

Kierrätyskeskus: a growing chain of big box re-use stores across Helsinki

Kierrätyskeskus store

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Finland

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Kierrätyskeskus is a growing chain of seven big box re-use stores, selling all possible furniture, household items and craft supplies in the Helsinki area.

SuperDrecksKëscht® for a sound treatment of available raw material and energy sources

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Luxembourg

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SuperDrecksKëscht® promotes the creation of an environment-friendly society that protects its energy and resources, as part of the Luxembourg waste management strategy.

Luxembourg at the forefront of WEEE processing in Europe

Management of WEEE

Ecotrel is the waste electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) recycling association for all of Luxembourg which has recently launched a "circularity and solidarity cluster" of business and social enterprises. These take back WEEE in order to re-use, disassemble or recycle it, and also to delete the personal data still stored in electronic waste.

Ghent's circular approach is turning its Old Dockyards brownfield into waterfront housing

In Ghent, Belgium, the circular economy brings together companies, institutions, governments and citizens on the way to sustainability. The Old Dockyards is a waterfront housing project where closing loops at the district level is key. Approximately 1,500 housing units will be constructed through public-private partnerships (PPPs).

Oslo takes an integrated approach to treat waste into circular bio-resources

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Other (Norway )

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Oslo has been developing a waste management system based on circular principles to ensure separate waste collection is maximised and transform waste into secondary raw materials. To do so it has actively engaged with citizens, farmers as well as with its city’s public transportation company.

Renuevas: a Ecoembes-Danone collaboration to increase away-from-home recycling rates

Renueva project - educating session
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Spain

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The ReNueva project of Aguas Danone has been launched to develop its commitment to recycling and reusing plastics, with funding from the Danone Ecosystem Fund; a fund created by Danone at a global level. It aims at increasing recycling in the away-from-home market, while simultaneously training and creating jobs for disabled or socially excluded people.

Recycling is easy in Italy: Just a click away with Junker

Junker app

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Italy

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"Junker" is an app which recognises products with a single click on their barcode, and provides people with all the information they need to recycle their components correctly and quickly. It makes waste disposal easy, thanks to the Internet of Things and user crowdsourcing.

Volpy brings smartphones into the circular economy

Volpy, switch and sell your smartphone with an app!

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France

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Volpy is an all-in-one ethical and environmental innovation on the smartphone market: customers can have their smartphones valued, return them and exchange with others directly through an app.

Alternatives to single-use plastic bags in Morocco

Moroccan women producing durable by reusing other single-use bags

SCP/RAC promotes an action in Morocco to support the country in transitioning from single-use plastic bags to other green means.

Toss it in the bin: anti-littering-initiative by Altstoff Recycling Austria

Toss it in the bin

Founded in 2012‚ "Reinwerfen statt Wegwerfen" is a voluntary initiative of Austrian businesses, based on an agreement between Austrian social partners and the Federal Ministry of Sustainability and Tourism to improve the ecological performance of packaging by creating public awareness, preventing and reducing littering and promoting the separate collection and recycling of packaging.

Traditional Christmas ham goes circular with the HamTrick campaign (Kinkkutemppu)

The Ham trick (kinkkutemppu in Finnish) is a consumer campaign organised in 2016 and 2017 in Finland during the Christmas period.

This cross-sectoral co-operation with Finnish companies and organisations aimed at bringing the concept of circular economy closer to consumers,  advising about recycling and avoiding that the drains were choked by excess fat at Christmas.

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.).

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.

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.

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.

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.

Relight - Collection, Recycling and WEEE Treatment

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Italy

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Accurate and timely collection of WEEE, high standards in the treatment thereof and effective recovery of materials from it.
 

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