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

Landbell Group to develop DRS in Kosovo

The German international development agency (GIZ) has awarded a contract to Landbell Group and Black Forest Solutions to advise on the development of a […]

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Italian startups at 2020/21 Green Alley Award

This year’s Green Alley Award received over 180 applications from European startups, including 49 applications from Italy (26%). The ideas of the Italian startups […]

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Focus on… Belgium

On 3rd September 2020, an amendment to the “Cooperation Agreement on the prevention and management of packaging waste” entered into force for all three […]

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Who applied for this year’s Green Alley Award?

From 8th September to 17th November, Europe’s startups once again took the chance to apply for the Green Alley Award, Europe’s first startup prize […]

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ERP contributes to small EEE stakeholder survey

Landbell Group company European Recycling Platform (ERP) has contributed to a recent stakeholder survey on electrical and electronic equipment (EEE). The results of the […]

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DS Entsorgung sets up new battery take-back scheme

Landbell Group company DS Entsorgungs- und Dienstleistungs- GmbH has set up a new take-back scheme for waste portable batteries in Germany, which is operating […]

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New WEEE take-back service for online retailers

Did you know that you have the right to return your waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) to an online retailer free of charge […]

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Focus on… South Africa

Even though South Africa is leading other countries in its region in terms of waste management, it is still behind what the authorities desire […]

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189 Applications for 2020/21 Green Alley Award

Applications for the 2020/21 Green Alley Award closed on 17th November and a total of 189 applications were received. The Green Alley Award team […]

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Partnership between Landbell Group and ProductIP

Nowadays, products must not only comply with legal regulations, guidelines and requirements, but they must also be properly disposed of and recycled at the […]

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