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

ERP Norway acquires Serva AS

Landbell Group company, ERP Norway recently acquired Serva AS, a producer responsibility organisation for waste electronics and batteries in Norway. This merger will help […]

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New online regulatory information service

After last year’s successful launch of the At-a-Glance, In-Depth and Customized regulatory tracking reports (more information here), Landbell Group has now released a new […]

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New online label for packaging licensing

The German Packaging Law (VerpackG) requires producers and distributors of sales packaging to fulfil their producer responsibility obligations and register their packaging with a […]

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Support on revision of German Packaging Law

On 20 January 2021, the German government passed a bill to amend the country’s Packaging Act (see article from the February issue of COMPASS). […]

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New EPR requirements for online marketplaces

Online retail is getting more and more popular. It is not only convenient for consumers; it has also helped consumers and shops to cope […]

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Focus on… Washington D.C.

On 16th March 2021, the District of Columbia Act 23-542 “Zero Waste Omnibus Amendment Act of 2020” became effective. This legislation, which establishes comprehensive […]

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Traceless materials takes the trophy

The German startup, traceless materials won the 7th Green Alley Award, taking home the prize money of 25,000 euros and a unique trophy, made […]

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Implementing EPR for packaging in Egypt

Following the publication of Law No. 202 of 2020 Promulgating the Law on Waste Management, the ground for the implementation of EPR in Egypt […]

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Eco-friendly packaging design with PACK2RECYCLE

Sustainability is a hot topic these days, especially when it comes to packaging, as studies suggest that sustainable product packaging is becoming more and […]

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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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Consorzio ERP Italia webinar on WEEE and RoHS

On 28th January, Consorzio ERP Italia, one of the main non-profit schemes for waste electronics and batteries in Italy, organised a webinar on the […]

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edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

Landbell Group will take part in the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum this week from 2nd to 4th February. This year’s online event gathers international […]

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ERP Poland provides Eco Help!

In June 2020, Landbell Group company ERP Poland began repairing and donating laptops and computers for distance learning. The equipment is particularly intended for […]

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ERP Portugal launches new website

ERP Portugal has a new website – eureciclo.pt – for schools, shops, companies and organisations that need to recycle their electronic waste and used […]

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Focus on… Moldova

The concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) was introduced in Moldova in 2016 by Law No. 209 On Waste, which brought the provisions of […]

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Public Vote for 2021 Green Alley Award

After the successful application phase, the public voting for the Green Alley Award 2021 ends today. For the very first time since the award’s […]

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Join us at edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

Landbell Group is taking part in the edie Sustainability Leaders Forum from 2nd to 4th February 2021. This year’s online event gathers international corporate […]

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