Circular economy… worldwide changes

What changes worldwide could have the biggest impact on the circular economy? Read our selection for you for September 2020 here.

Denmark to reduce waste incineration capacities by 30%

Denmark has announced plans to decrease its waste incineration capacities by 30% over the next decade. The new plan hopes to bring capacities into harmony with the amount of household waste produced in the country which has considerably reduced in recent years.

At present, Denmark’s 23 waste incineration plants can process around 3.5 million tonnes of waste per year. According to the Danish Environment Ministry, these centres are as much as 700,000 tonnes under capacity, requiring the import of waste to reach capacity.

By 2030, waste incineration capacities will be reduced to 2.6 million tonnes per year. The Danish government’s plans include retiring the least environmentally friendly and efficient plants first.

The government will, however, ensure that even distribution of waste among plants is maintained, and plants will not be retired if acceptable alternative heat generation sources are not yet in place.

UK to transpose European provisions on municipal waste

The UK government has announced that it will transpose certain European provisions on municipal waste into national law – regardless of the outcome of the ongoing Brexit negotiations.

These provisions, which are part of the European Union’s Circular Economy Package adopted in 2018, include a 65% recycling target for municipal waste by 2035, as well as a target for limiting landfill of this waste to 10% by 2035.

The UK lags behind many other western European countries with regards to recycling and is set to miss its 2020 target of 50%.

Rebecca Pow, the UK’s Environment Minister explained the overall reasoning for the new targets: “We are committed to increasing our recycling rates and reducing the amount of waste that is sent to landfill to create a cleaner waste industry and reduce carbon emissions.”

The new targets will hopefully help to boost recycling and ensure a more circular economy in the UK.

Study calls for urgent transition to a circular plastics economy

A new study jointly released by the Pew Charitable Trusts and the company SYSTEMIQ highlights the urgent need for a transition to a circular economy for plastics. The study “Breaking the Plastic Wave” points out that the increase in plastic pollution is currently outpacing the efforts to stop it.

The study presents several alarming scenarios that could play out if action is not taken. By 2040, for example, the volume of plastic on the market could double, the amount of plastic entering the oceans each year could triple, and the amount of plastic waste in the ocean could quadruple.

The authors also provide strategies to tackle the problem, by setting up systems that reduce and produce less plastic waste. The three main pillars of these strategies are eliminate, circulate and innovate.

The report recommends that plastic should be replaced by other materials where possible. If the plastic cannot be eliminated, then it should be designed to be reused or recycled. And a renewed focus should be placed on innovating not only in terms of physical products, but also business models and collection systems.

Read the full study here.

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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