Circular economy… worldwide changes

What changes worldwide could have the biggest impact on the circular economy? Read our selection for you for April 2022.

United Nations to end plastic pollution

The United Nations has taken a “historic” step to combat global plastic pollution. At the Environment Assembly (UNEA) on 2 March, 175 countries signed a resolution to start negotiations for a legally binding agreement to be presented by the end of 2024.

The agreement is supposed to cover the full life cycle of plastic, including production, use, disposal and reuse, and includes measures such as maximum limits for plastic waste on land and in the sea. It also aims to advance the development of recyclable and reusable materials through improved international cooperation on research and technology.

An intergovernmental negotiating committee has been established to draft the agreement. In the meantime, ongoing work by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) continues. As a result, willing partners, whether governmental or private, will continue to be supported in phasing out single-use plastics and transitioning towards a circular economy.

New study proposes EPR for textiles

A new study by consultancy Eunomia, commissioned by the Changing Markets Foundations and the European Environmental Bureau, examines the potential of extended producer responsibility (EPR) in establishing a circular economy in textiles. It concludes that this instrument plays an important role in implementing the ‘polluter pays’ principle and should be an essential part of the European Union’s new textile strategy (see article in the Environmental Compliance Update for more information).

The study suggests that the waste management costs for textiles should be borne by producers and not by municipalities. The fact that a part of these costs would be passed on to the customer through the product price would be an opportunity rather than a threat to address one of the key problems: excessive consumption. The biggest consumers, and thus also waste producers, would receive an economic incentive to change or optimise their textile consumption.

Other proposed measures aim to reduce the purchase of new textiles. Eco-design should result in longer lifetimes and improved resilience of products. Finally, the authors call for a possibility to repair textiles and to ban the use of substances of very high concern in textiles.

Regarding EPR, the European Union is called upon to draw up a catalogue of definitions to ensure effective implementation: definitions such as which manufacturers are subject to EPR and when is a textile defined as waste need to be established. A reporting obligation and the modulation of fees are also required.

What else

Why are we building a platform for EPR worldwide?

Landbell Group publishes its annual performance report for 2021

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New packaging obligation in Germany

German packaging law introduces new registration obligation – here’s how we can help

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Big changes for producers in UK

The latest on EPR and modulated fees for packaging – plus new WEEE targets

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A step forward for EPR in Spain

New law extends the list of waste subject to EPR - find out how it affects you

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Sharing EPR knowledge far and wide

Landbell Group’s Dr Thomas Fischer delivers lecture for German-MENA University Network

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Saying ‘no’ to e-waste leakage

GPS tracking of e-waste in reverse supply chain can help to ensure high treatment standards

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Focus on… Egypt

New waste and EPR legislation now apply – here’s what you need to know

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And the award goes to…

Landbell Group company, H2 Compliance sponsors Pharmaceutical Supplier of the Year award

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We have a winner!

This year's Green Alley Award goes to the German start-up Voltfang

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Join us at the Green Alley Award

Three weeks until the final in Berlin: discover six big ideas to make food, fashion and cars more sustainable!

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The UK gets serious

Companies now need to pay £200 per tonne for plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content

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India needs to act

If the current situation does not change, India could become the largest mismanaged plastic waste generator by 2035

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Still got your Blackberry or old Nokia phone too?

New research from ERP Ireland shows surprising facts about e-waste recycling

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Focus on… Chile

Companies have 18 months to prepare for new packaging law

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Sustainable products and the circular economy

Improving sustainability, circularity and efficiency for products on the European market

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New Landbell Group branding

From today, we have a new logo for Landbell Group and six of our companies

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EPR is spreading in North America

How our Knowledge Database can help your company stay on track

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How small gestures can have a huge impact

ERP Portugal and Novo Verde organize recycling campaigns to improve sustainability and save lives!

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Focus on… the United Kingdom

The UK Plastic Packaging Tax is coming next month – find out what companies need to know now

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Big deadlines ahead for online marketplaces in Germany

Don’t get caught out by new obligations for packaging and electronic goods

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Another country introduces EPR for fishing gear

New laws and targets coming for producers - what's changing and where?

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Do you agree with Agree?

The first Green Alley Award finalist is a company that tackles plastic packaging waste for fruit and vegetables

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India makes strides in right direction

New joint venture will help to develop a modern recycling infrastructure

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How a red container can make the difference

Last September, COMPASS reported that the Polish city of Lodz now has distinctive red containers for recycling small electronic goods

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