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Coolrec: recovering cast iron from washing machines

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Coolrec, an electronics goods recycling company, extracts cast iron counterweights from old Miele washing machines to be returned to the factory for recycling.

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.

Borealis: producing renewable polypropylene from renewable propane

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Austria

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Borealis manufactures polypropylene using renewable feedstock provided by Neste. Specifically, Neste produces renewable propane and Borealis converts it to renewable propylene and subsequently to renewable polypropylene.

Brens uses scrap iron, crushed concrete and pulverised rubber to build tomorrow's railways

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Czech Republic

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Czech company Brens, which produces rail tracks, tram and railway lines, has turned to production processes using recycled materials.

Veolia and Knauf: transforming glass waste into mineral wool

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Veolia and Knauf have established a partnership to collect, process and transform waste glass into mineral wool for use as an insultating material.

La Poubelle: A bank for secondhand goods

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Netherlands

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Charity shops are the most basic form of circular economy-driven supply chains: people donate unwanted items rather than throwing them away so that they can be put to use by someone else. La Poubelle is a variation on the theme of charity shops: it's a goods bank tailored specifically to the needs of people facing hard times.

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!

Entocycle: turning insects into protein bars for animals

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United Kingdom

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Entocycle upcycles local food waste to feed black soldier fly larvae, which grow very fast and become protein-rich animal feed.

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.

Estonian start-up 3Cular designs: creating 3D objects from sawdust

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Estonia

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Estonian start-up 3cular has designed a pioneering way of reusing this sawdust to produce new objects with 3D printing. The desired object is designed using 3D modelling software and then a 3D printer is used to produce the object in layers. The printing ink is a combination of sawdust and a non-toxic binder making it possible to print wooden objects faster and easier preserving the environment.

Vanden: combining plastic collection and recycling

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United Kingdom

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Vanden’s plastic recycling plant transforms plastic waste into commodities, ready to be manufactured into something useful again.

Recycled and compostable polymer biocomposites by Trifilon

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Sweden

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Trifilon Revo uses an existing, consistent source of plastic from a European stream and reinforces it with hemp fibers, thus improving the impact properties of the recycled plastics, which can be used to produce a range of colours and surface finishes, matte or polished.

The Shellworks collective recycles lobster shells into various types of bioplastic

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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

Ocean Cleanup

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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.

Teemill's circular supply chain: from cotton seed to t-shirt, nothing is wasted!

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United Kingdom

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The company Teemill produces t-shirts from organic cotton. They are designed to be sent back to the company when they are worn out.

SECONTRADE: The B2B platform for secondary raw materials

SECONTRADE

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.

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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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.

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.

CONTINUED – a circular e-commerce platform for fashion

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Denmark, EU

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CONTINUED was launched in 2017 with the aim to create a generic software solution for circular consumption in the fashion industry. Recirculating clothes is up to 3000% more efficient than reusing material in reducing the fashion industry's environmental footprint. 

With the CONTINUED platform, brands and consumers can be connected, while increasing the brands' environmental impact. The platform offers dashboard tools for Sales, Inventory, Finance and Impact, as well as a Webshop back-end supporting several rent/resale models, account management and payment.

CONTINUED is fashion as a service and sustainability as a product. It lets brands explore future business opportunities based on circular economy while carrying out existing business activities.

Precious Plastic - a platform tackling the plastic waste problem

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Netherlands

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Precious plastic is a community platform launched in the Netherlands in 2012, that brings together the solutions needed to tackle the problem of plastic waste: the people, the machines, the knowledge, the techniques, etc. The platform aims to reduce plastic waste by boosting recycling, promoting new biodegradable materials or by adopting zero waste lifestyles.

As an open source project, all the information, code, drawings and source material contributed is made freely available online under Creative Commons licenses. The platform brings together plastic waste collection points, recycling workspaces for people to access equipment and machinery, a community of people to share knowledge, and a global network for collective action.

Leading the Loop - UNESDA Circular Packaging Vision 2030

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December 2025

By 2025, 100% recyclable beverage packaging & PET bottles of 50% recycled content.

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December 2030

By 2030, PET bottles of 100% recycled and/or renewable PET, 90% collected & more use of refillables.

Green Tech Cluster in Austria

Green Tech Cluster

Welcome to Green Tech Valley, focussing on Climate and Circular Solutions. The Green Tech Valley is located in the south of Austria and is internationally regarded as the hotspot for innovative energy and environmental technology.

The Green Tech Cluster initiates growth through innovation. It brings together around 220 companies and research institutions shaping green solutions of the future. With 20 global technology leaders within an hour’s drive, the location forms one of the highest concentrations of companies in this industry.

Have a look at their Don't waste / Invest campaign: One-stop-shop recycling solutions for a wide range of waste fractions derived from Austrian excellence in achieving one of Europe's highest recycling rates.

05 May 2021
Circular Plastic Use: Innovate & Change to Close the Loop

The Asia-Europe Environment Forum (ENVForum) Workshop Series on Circular Plastic Use: Innovate & Change to Close the Loop offers participants the opportunity to design and implement innovative solutions in the field of circular plastic use and waste management. This project planned for June 2021 is organized in association with INNOWO.

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