Circular economy… worldwide changes

What changes worldwide could have the biggest impact on the circular economy? Read our selection for you for August 2020 here.

CEFLEX unveils design guidelines for a circular economy

CEFLEX, the Circular Economy for Flexible Packaging initiative, has announced a new set of guidelines to help those working in the flexible packaging value chain to design recyclable packaging solutions. The guidelines are meant to help all those throughout the value chain, from manufacturers to retailers, and were developed based on ideas shared in the value chain, as well as data collected from testing and commercial practices.

The new initiative aims to harmonize and accelerate progress and has included consultation as well as active involvement from multiple organizations. The guidelines focus on polyolefin-based flexible packaging and offers practical advice on how to design these packaging solutions to make them more recyclable. Most notably, the initiative sets specific limits on materials and elements to ensure maximum sortability and recyclability.

Read the design guidelines here.

$10 billion of precious metals dumped each year in electronic waste

The UN’s Global E-Waste Monitor report has uncovered that at least $10 billion of precious metals are dumped every year, at a considerable cost to both the natural world as well as human health. Among the valuable metals being thrown away with e-waste are gold, platinum, silver and copper.

Last year saw a record 54 million tonnes of e-waste generated worldwide, a figure that has gone up 21% in only five years. Even more jarring, the amount of e-waste produced is going up three times faster than the global population, and a 17% recycling rate shows we are currently ill equipped to handle these rising volumes.

The growing e-waste problem is largely concentrated in high earning nations, such as those in Northern Europe, North America, and Australia, although Europe – thanks to the WEEE Directive – has a substantially higher rate of recycling than other regions.

While the issue is currently worsening, and at an alarming rate, the UN report also outlined the opportunity for a new economy, and the creation of new jobs if suitable collection and recycling programs are put in place. The report explains that the priority must be a renewed emphasis on designing products to last, and including repairability as a key feature of electronic goods.

Read the full report here.

EEA briefing: doubling recycling across Europe

A European Environmental Agency (EEA) briefing has pointed out the potential for a significant increase in recycling across Europe, especially for municipal, construction, and electronic waste. The new briefing calls for a doubling of municipal and electronic waste recycling, and a 30% increase in the construction and demolition sectors.

Europe has recorded a steady increase in recycling rates across all sectors in recent years, fueled by EU directives such as the Waste Framework Directive and the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive. These directives have aimed for a gradual but steady increase in recycling rates across the bloc, ensuring that as more waste is generated, so too does the rate at which it is recycled.

Read the briefing here.

What else

Huge project for huge country

Landbell Group to support reduction, reuse and recycling of plastics in India

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800 attendees, one goal: a plastic free world

Landbell Group to speak at biggest conference on reducing plastic waste

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Electrifying clothes: Mode for Recycling!

Another fantastic finale for ERP Poland’s eye-catching environmental campaign

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Helping children to unlock “The Avocado Mystery”

ERP Denmark supports children’s book on sustainable development goals

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Have you met Hermit Leer?

New campaign in Austria to raise awareness among consumers to properly dispose of waste portable batteries

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“They give us opportunity; we give them innovation.”

Interview with Anne Lamp from traceless materials, this year’s Green Alley Award winner

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Focus on… Croatia

New Waste Act makes it easier for producers to comply with EPR obligations

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A big step for Brazil

Brazil is taking its first steps in managing waste electronics and packaging - and we are proud to be accompanying them on this challenging journey 

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Study shows how producers can benefit from competition

A new study from adelphi shows that competition drives innovation, improves services and ensures cost-efficient waste management

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The Green Alley Award: jump on board

Get to know the latest circular economy business ideas… first!

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How to turn WEEE into beehives

Collecting e-waste in Lodz, Poland is now much easier and builds new homes for bees  

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Are you a parceiro sustentável?

Clients in Portugal can now find sustainability support: ERP Portugal and Novo Verde launch the “Parceiro Sustentável” programme

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Taking the pressure off online sellers in Italy

Pressure is mounting on online sellers to comply with their environmental obligations - Consorzio ERP Italia is providing a wide range of support

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Are you selling batteries into Austria?

New obligations for distance sellers of batteries are coming into force in Austria - ERP Austria is on hand to help

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Focus on… Finland

Changes for EPR – including new measures for distance sellers – as Finland begins waste management reform

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Do you like polluted beaches? We don’t either!

Landbell Group joins project to prevent marine litter in North Africa

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Why did we endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation statement on EPR?

Landbell Group and over 150 stakeholders commit to EPR

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You can trust us… now it’s official!

Europe's leading provider of e-commerce protection awards certificate to EASy-Shop

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Kettles reach boiling point during Irish lockdown

A kettle was the most recycled object in Ireland over the past twelve months (with 1 in 4 Irish adults claiming to have recycled one)

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Sun coming out – but be prepared for the rain

The outlook for the photovoltaic (PV) industry looks sunny again, but companies should not forget their future recycling obligations

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Focus on… Georgia

Game-changing news for companies selling electronic goods in Georgia

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Tokyo 2020: winning gold for sustainability

Olympic Games to tackle the reduction of electronic and plastic waste

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How we are responding to the global expansion of EPR

Landbell Group publishes its annual performance report for 2020

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How two men joined the fight for cleaner chemicals

Happy 15th Birthday to H2 Compliance

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