Circular economy… worldwide changes

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

New rules on plastic waste shipments

The European Commission has established new rules for the cross-border trade of plastic waste. Shortly before Christmas, it adopted a corresponding delegated regulation to amend the Waste Shipment Regulation. The new rules are intended to combat plastic pollution and facilitate the transition to a circular economy.

The most important changes are:

The new rules, which came into force on 1 January 2021, implement a decision of the Conference of the Parties to the Basel Convention taken by 187 countries in May 2019. The delegated regulation can be downloaded from the Commission’s website.

EPR to assist Europe’s green recovery

The Council of the European Union has adopted conclusions which emphasize the need to make Europe’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic circular and green.

The conclusions provide member states with comprehensive political guidance with regards to the implementation of the European Commission’s action plan for the circular economy. Besides highlighting the importance of the circular economy, the Council also highlights the benefits of extended producer responsibility (EPR) as a means to achieving this goal.

The Commission’s action plan was laid out in March 2020 and is a key element of the European Green Deal. Sustainability is the central goal of the plan, which has 35 action points. The new conclusions from the Council confirm the commitment to sustainability, as well as the proposed measures to achieve it.

EuPC and PlasticsEurope to control pellet loss

The European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and PlasticsEurope associations have agreed to jointly develop a certification system for controlling pellet loss across the whole plastics value chain starting in 2022.

The companies participating in the new system are to be regularly and independently audited for compliance with the requirements of the “Operation Clean Sweep” (OCS) programme. OCS was developed over 25 years ago and offers companies a series of key recommendations for cleaning up their operations.

The leaking of plastic pellets is a problem across all stages of the plastics value chain, damaging not only the environment, but also human health. So far, the OCS programme has gained the support of close to 1,200 signatories, including all PlasticsEurope members to which the pledge is applicable.

More information on the new certification system can be found on the PlasticsEurope website.

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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