Sometimes one could get the impression that the world of recycling only revolves around plastics recycling. We also have a lot to say about that topic in this issue. However, there are other challenges to face, including the growing amount of waste textiles and the loss of value in e-waste. However, the good thing is that someone usually comes up with a solution to most of these problems.
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Accelerators for the circular economy
A recent report from the Netherlands analyses how Start-ups can deliver at least some aspects of the circular economy that are currently lacking.
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Combatting plastic waste with a carrot-and-stick approach
Since most of Asia has closed its doors, many western countries are having to find new solutions for their waste. Acucomm has analysed the situation.
A report provides an analysis of the current situation and challenges regarding the treatment of waste textiles and points out possible ways of solving the problem.
Honing in on the plastic waste challenge
The vision of a world where we use resources sparingly and recycle endlessly is still just that – a vision. The hard fact is that we are unlikely to achieve a circular economy any time soon.
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Keeping track of your valuables
A large proportion of the value of electronic products becomes lost at the end-of-life stage due to improper treatment. Their life cycles could even be extended if the right information were available.
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Low-tech construction, material approach and circularity
Archtitect Andrea Klinge provides key insights on the circular economy in the construction sector in Berlin and beyond.
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Plastic packaging needs a radical change
TheEuropean Academic Science Advisory Council adds some more food for thought to this discussion with its study “Packaging plastics in the circular economy”.
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The advance of chemical recycling
The way in which plastic waste is managed must change – and this needs to be coupled with a drive to reduce carbon emissions and the use of fossil resources in new plastics.
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Well-meant solution with unwanted side-effects
The landfill directive has a 10 per cent target. This may sound better than nothing, but according to a paper published by Zero Waste Europe, it may even make things worse.