A new public opinion poll, performed by Research Affairs, a Vienna-based market research company, has found there is a high level of public support for the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) for beverage containers in Austria. To read a summary of the opinion poll findings (available in English), click here. You can also…

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Sustainable waste management is an important part of the transition to a circular economy. With the objective to minimize the negative impacts on the environment and at the same time close the loop for recyclable materials, many countries have decided to implement a deposit system for beverage containers. Such a system involves many significant changes…

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Health authorities say reusable packaging poses no more risk of spreading coronavirus than single-use packaging, but the plastics industry is still trying to use COVID-19 to derail progress on reducing single-use plastics. In this article, Samantha Millette and Clarissa Morawski look at the impact that the coronavirus pandemic has had on reusable packaging systems, and…

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ÖPG Online Congress: The Deposit Return System as a Success Factor of a Modern Circular Economy On June 23, 2020, ÖPG, one of Reloop’s members, will be hosting an online congress to discuss deposit return systems (DRS) and their critical role in achieving a modern circular economy. Reloop’s CEO Clarissa Morawski will be one of…

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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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