Circular economy… worldwide changes

What changes worldwide could have the biggest impact on the circular economy? Read our selection for you for December 2021.

UK passes ambitious circular economy programme

The government of the United Kingdom has signed into law what it says is one of the world’s leading environmental programmes. The package aims to improve the country’s air quality, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and promote better use of resources. These goals are to be driven by long-term, legally binding targets and a new Office for Environmental Protection that can hold public institutions accountable for their obligations.

In the waste sector, the legislative package includes an extension of extended producer responsibility, according to which producers must cover 100% of the costs of disposal of their products (initially only plastic packaging). In addition, a deposit return scheme for single-use beverage containers, new charges for single-use plastics and an electronic system for tracking waste movements will be introduced.

According to Environment Secretary George Eustice, the law is the most ambitious environmental programme and is setting an example for the rest of the world to follow.

New report on packaging waste in Europe

The Statistical Office of the European Union (Eurostat) has published a new report on packaging waste in Europe. The report shows how waste generation has developed in the 27 member states from 2009 to 2019. The results show that the amount of packaging per capita has grown steadily in recent years. However, considerable differences exist between the individual countries.

In 2019, an average European generated 177.4 kilograms of packaging waste – the highest value since measurements began in 2009. Waste generation per inhabitant was highest in Ireland with 228 kilograms and lowest in Croatia with 74 kilograms.

Paper and cardboard accounted for the largest share of packaging generated in 2019 with a share of 40.6%, followed by plastic (19.4%), glass (19.2%), wood (15.6%) and metal (5%).

What else

Making the most of the resources in electronics

Training recyclers on how to manage batteries and e-waste plastics

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The art of waste

Spanish artists show us the impact of the linear economy

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e-Waste is everybody’s problem

The e-Waste Summit 2021 makes clear that joint effort is needed to stop e-waste

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Recycling batteries becomes easier

Standardised logo for battery collection points in Germany

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Your company can be a winner, too!

The Green Alley Award finalists help your business overcome three sustainability challenges

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German WEEE law amended

New obligations for online retailers, online marketplace operators and fulfillment service providers

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Focus on… Switzerland

Please note that the Swiss WEEE regulation now covers all electrical and electronic devices

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Stop searching…

Landbell Group’s new online information service for EPR does the hard work for you!

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Meet Wojtek, Konny and Nick at the E-Waste World Conference & Expo

Come and meet us at Stand 114 from 30 November to 1 December at the Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt, Germany

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James, Beth and Kevin ‘on the road’ in November

Awarding achievement and communicating changes is essential for safer chemicals

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Why consumer campaigns pay off for companies

Missed collection and recovery targets put added pressure on producers: the public need to play their part

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Don’t be afraid – be aware!

New movie highlights shocking problem of e-waste dumped in forests

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Less than six months until new plastic packaging tax in UK

But ERP UK is ready to help companies be prepared for April 2022

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Focus on… Kenya

Changes for producers as East African country is set to enforce EPR regulations

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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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