Circular economy… worldwide changes

What changes worldwide could have the biggest impact on the circular economy? Read our selection for you for March 2022.

New framework for biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics

The European Commission wants to revise the framework for bio-based, biodegradable and compostable plastics to improve environmental protection, reduce consumer confusion, create investment security and accelerate the transition towards a circular economy.

To this end, the Commission has launched a public consultation, which will run until 15 March. Stakeholders including citizens, consumers and industry experts are invited to submit their suggestions and comments in the form of an extensive questionnaire.

The Commission plans to present a legislative proposal in the second quarter of this year.

Please contact us for more information and support.

Plastic recyclates to be allowed for use in food contact materials

The European Commission plans to allow the use of recycled plastics in food contact materials under certain conditions, according to a first draft of a “Regulation on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods” which the Commission recently published and put to consultation.

Among other things, the Regulation sets rules for the placing on the market of food contact materials made from recycled plastics and for the development and operation of recycling processes to produce these recyclates. Landbell Group contributed to the stakeholder process with input to a position paper of the German packaging association, AGVU.  

The Commission is currently in the process of evaluating the stakeholder input and finalising its draft. The official adoption of the Regulation by the Commission is expected to follow in the first quarter of 2022. Further approval by the Parliament and Council is not necessary.

How the textile sector could be transformed into a circular economy

The consumption of textiles is one of the biggest causes of environmental and climate damage in Europe. The European Environment Agency (EEA) has therefore compiled two dossiers that shed more light on the existing problems and point out possible solutions. Parts of them could also be included in the textile strategy to be presented soon by the European Commission.

The first dossier, entitled “Textiles and the environment: the role of design in Europe’s circular economy”, proposes to fundamentally rethink the design of textiles and to improve their durability, reparability and recyclability. In addition, new textiles should increasingly be made of recycled materials.

The second dossier entitled “Microplastics from textiles: towards a circular economy for textiles in Europe” draws attention to the microplastics contained in many textiles, which are dissolved during washing and released into the environment. Improved collection and recycling of used textiles and setting targets and regulatory incentives for extended producer responsibility schemes can help to combat this problem.

What else

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New packaging obligation in Germany

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Big changes for producers in UK

The latest on EPR and modulated fees for packaging – plus new WEEE targets

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A step forward for EPR in Spain

New law extends the list of waste subject to EPR - find out how it affects you

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Sharing EPR knowledge far and wide

Landbell Group’s Dr Thomas Fischer delivers lecture for German-MENA University Network

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Saying ‘no’ to e-waste leakage

GPS tracking of e-waste in reverse supply chain can help to ensure high treatment standards

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Focus on… Egypt

New waste and EPR legislation now apply – here’s what you need to know

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And the award goes to…

Landbell Group company, H2 Compliance sponsors Pharmaceutical Supplier of the Year award

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We have a winner!

This year's Green Alley Award goes to the German start-up Voltfang

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Join us at the Green Alley Award

Three weeks until the final in Berlin: discover six big ideas to make food, fashion and cars more sustainable!

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The UK gets serious

Companies now need to pay £200 per tonne for plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content

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India needs to act

If the current situation does not change, India could become the largest mismanaged plastic waste generator by 2035

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Still got your Blackberry or old Nokia phone too?

New research from ERP Ireland shows surprising facts about e-waste recycling

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Focus on… Chile

Companies have 18 months to prepare for new packaging law

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Sustainable products and the circular economy

Improving sustainability, circularity and efficiency for products on the European market

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New Landbell Group branding

From today, we have a new logo for Landbell Group and six of our companies

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EPR is spreading in North America

How our Knowledge Database can help your company stay on track

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How small gestures can have a huge impact

ERP Portugal and Novo Verde organize recycling campaigns to improve sustainability and save lives!

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Focus on… the United Kingdom

The UK Plastic Packaging Tax is coming next month – find out what companies need to know now

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Big deadlines ahead for online marketplaces in Germany

Don’t get caught out by new obligations for packaging and electronic goods

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Another country introduces EPR for fishing gear

New laws and targets coming for producers - what's changing and where?

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Do you agree with Agree?

The first Green Alley Award finalist is a company that tackles plastic packaging waste for fruit and vegetables

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India makes strides in right direction

New joint venture will help to develop a modern recycling infrastructure

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How a red container can make the difference

Last September, COMPASS reported that the Polish city of Lodz now has distinctive red containers for recycling small electronic goods

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