Circular economy… worldwide changes

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

State of play for collected and sorted plastic waste in Europe

The European Commission’s Circular Plastics Alliance has released its new state of play on collecting and sorting. The report looks at the agricultural, automotive, construction, electronic & electric and packaging sectors – bringing together data from more detailed reports already being undertaken in each sector.

The summary serves to identify common challenges across the sectors: the issues of data availability, achieving high collection levels and the sorting of plastic waste are especially prevalent.

The report points to inconsistencies in reporting between member states due to the variation in the methods applied, which leads to not only difficulties in enforcing regulations, but also in carrying out quantitative assessments.

Another highlight of the report is the need to focus on research and development to improve collecting and sorting. This is true across all industries, each of which has its own unique set of challenges that will need to be addressed.

The Circular Plastics Alliance is an initiative launched by the European Commission in 2018 to streamline the voluntary pledges made by the industry in response to the European Plastics Strategy. Its goal is to boost the EU market for recycled plastics to 10 million tonnes by 2025.

The full report can be downloaded here.

Global Commitment 2020 Progress Report published

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the United Nations Environment Programme have released their second annual New Plastics Economy Global Commitment Progress Report – taking an in-depth look at the progress of both businesses and government signatories.

The report brings good news on two fronts: considerable progress has been made both in the incorporation of recycled plastics, as well as in the phasing out of items of concern such as PVC packaging and single-use plastics among others.

However, the report also shows that there has been little progress with regards to increasing the recyclability of plastic packaging and reducing the need for single-use packaging altogether. At the same time, progress among signatories is inconsistent: some have made impressive leaps, but others have made little or no progress at all.

In response to the new data, four calls to action have been made. The first two are directed at businesses:

The second two apply to governments:

The Global Commitment 2020 Progress Report can be downloaded here.

What else

Implementing EPR for packaging in Egypt

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Eco-friendly packaging design with PACK2RECYCLE

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Big applause for Green Alley Award finalists

Despite the pandemic, the Green Alley Award wants to keep central questions of the circular economy in focus: how can we use our resources […]

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Focus on… Czech Republic

The Chamber of Deputies in the Czech Republic has revised the extended producer responsibility (EPR) waste legislation and approved a new Act No. 542/2020 […]

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Environmental Report by Consorzio ERP Italia

On 9th March 2020, Consorzio ERP Italia published its Environmental Report 2020. Consorzio ERP Italia is one of the main non-profit collective schemes that […]

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Landbell Group at edie SLF 2021

Over 600 sustainability experts and corporate leaders took part in the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum from 2nd to 4th February. The mission of the […]

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Landbell Group and end-of-life recreational boats

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and the European Boating Industry Association (EBI) co-hosted a workshop on 8 […]

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Green Alley Award goes digital

Despite the current circumstances, the Green Alley Award team has decided to go forward with this year’s awards final. The pitch event, which will […]

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Focus on… Ethiopia

The environment is a pressing issue in Ethiopia, a country which is heavily dependent on agriculture, and is therefore doing its best to decrease […]

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ERP Ireland powers positivity at Barretstown

Landbell Group company, ERP Ireland, and the children’s charity, Barretstown, are celebrating the fourth year of their joint initiative ‘Batteries for Barretstown’. The campaign […]

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