Circular economy… worldwide changes

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

Where is the circular economy on corporate agendas?

A new survey by the certification specialists DNV and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) looks at the importance of the circular economy in the corporate world.

Although the topic is quickly spreading in the media, the survey showed that it is not growing as fast in the corporate world.

In fact, only 5.9% of the companies surveyed indicated that they were taking a leading approach in this area. The survey also revealed a lack of uptake regarding business model innovation.

However, there are some positive takeaways with:

Additionally, the positive impacts of these activities are seen on company spreadsheets with 57.2% of respondents mentioning cost savings as the main benefit.

One actionable takeaway from the survey is the fact that 65.6% of respondents still use their own circular measurement framework to gauge progress, rather than those of established organizations. The survey proposes a shift to standardized frameworks, which will make it much easier to measure progress and plan strategies for the future.

Read more about and download the survey here.

Opinion divided on mandatory EU plastics packaging recycling target

PlasticsEurope, along with plastics producers in the EU, have called for a policy framework to usher in a 30% recycling target for plastics in the EU by 2030.

Members of the group are already channeling billions of Euros worth of investments towards developing high quality recycled plastics – and the necessary cutting-edge technologies to go with them.

However, the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) warned that such a move must benefit all parties involved and share responsibilities across the whole plastics value chain.

EuPC President, Renato Zelcher warned the consequences of rolling out a policy that does not take all players into account, “would seriously jeopardise the economic existence of thousands of medium-sized plastics processors and packaging users in Europe and their investments into circularity.”

The WWF has also completed a study showing the potential of a more circular plastics packaging market in Germany. Their study states that “chemical recycling could provide a viable option to increase food grade packaging circularity in the absence of a changing European Food Safety Authority regulation”.

To reach ambitious recycling targets and hence close the loop, Landbell Group believes that any innovative recycling technologies, such as chemical recycling, must be reviewed and considered.

These new technologies would not only complement the already existing recycling technologies, but would also allow for increased production of recycled materials that can, for example, be used in food contact materials (FCM) packaging (see related comments on the planned revision of EU rules on FCM here).

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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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