On June 4th, Zero Waste Europe and Reloop released a joint policy paper to address the situation of reusable packaging and refillable systems in light of the  COVID-19 pandemic. While industry uses this current health crisis to continue pushing for single-use products and packaging, there is no evidence that disposable packaging contributes to the spread…

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On Thursday, April 30, 2020, Reloop’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Clarissa Morawski took part in a webinar on “The New Battle in Single-Use Plastics” organised and hosted by Environmental Defence Canada (EDC). In this third episode of EDC’s Recovery Series webinars, Clarissa was joined by EDC’s Executive Director Tim Gray and Plastics Program Manager Ashley…

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On April 27, 2020, the Reloop Platform organized a webinar to present best practices from around the world in the implementation of national circular economy models for beverage containers. Sweden’s deposit system is the oldest European scheme for one-way beverage packaging and has not only contributed to high collection rates and high quality recycling but…

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Over the last few years, plastics have very quickly become the public face of the waste pollution crisis. The quantities of plastics that are littered or leaked into the environment, seas and oceans each year is staggering (5 to 13 million metric tons per year). Europe alone produces 25.8 million metric tons of plastic waste…

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The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package and Plastic Strategy has driven increases in recycling targets for packaging under the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 2018/852 (PPWD), as well specific requirements for PET bottles under the Single Use Plastic Directive (90% collected by 2029). France is exploring ways of reaching these targets, one of which is…

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On 2 July 2019, the European Commission’s Single-Use Plastics Directive (hereinafter “SUPD”) on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment entered into force. The SUPD tackles the 10 most commonly found single-use plastic items and fishing gear, which together account for approximately 70% of all marine litter found on European…

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On December 10th, Reloop’s Clarissa Morawski was in Paris to participate in a panel discussion on the subject of deposit return for packaging. Below is a recording of the debate, which was hosted by Actu-Environnement and moderated by Florence Roussel. 

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by Robert Kelman (Director Reloop Pacific) The advance of container refund initiatives across Australia is resulting in reduced litter and increased recycling of drinks containers. But will container deposit schemes achieve their legislated targets and desired ‘best practice’? Not as far as I can see. The NSW government estimated a 32% recycling rate for drink…

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