Beyond Recycling: Policy to Achieve Circular Waste Management

Waste collection and recycling services are some of the most essential functions of government to keep cities clean and promote public health. For more than 50 years, local governments have championed efforts to improve the environmental sustainability of waste management services by establishing curbside recycling programs, investing in sorting facilities, capturing methane and other greenhouse gases from landfills and much…

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By the Numbers: A National Beverage Container Program

In the United States, the Break Free from Plastic Pollution Act seeks to establish a national beverage con­tainer deposit return system. Modern, com­prehensive deposit systems are proven to be highly effective, equitable, and consis­tently supported by the general public. A properly designed deposit system drives a lower cost of recycling and stronger re­cycling markets.  …

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New white paper: Policy Guidelines for Recycled Content Mandates

Minimum recycled content mandates are a critical policy tool to drive higher recyclable material prices and investment for recycling, address climate change, help stabilise municipal waste budgets, and enable resilient local economies. This white paper, drafted by Director of Reloop North America, Elizabeth Balkan, offers a framework for effective and responsible scoping of recycled content…

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8th European REUSE Conference

On 6 July 2021, Reloop – in association with the European Association of Beverage Wholesalers (CEGROBB), Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthifle e.V.), and Private Breweries Germany (Private Brauereien Deutschland) – will host the 8th European REUSE Conference “Reuse for future: Legislative and practical approaches to truly sustainable packaging.” At the conference, we will present and explore…

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In the media: How Reloop impacts European waste policy and its plans for the U.S.

Wondering who Reloop is, what we’ve been up to, and what some of our plans are moving forward? The article below, shared from Waste360.com, offers a great summary. ———————- 15 June 2021 – Determining what a circular economy should look like, and advancing policy around it, is best done by bringing together environmental groups, government,…

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EU Member States adopt the Single Use Plastic Directive

By July of this year, EU Member States should adopt the Single Use Plastic Directive, the objective of which is to reduce harmful impact of the certain single-use plastic products on the environment. How to implement the enhanced Extended Producers’ Responsibility and how much will producers pay for the litter clean up? What measures are feasible? Can the consumers…

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Reloop Shares its Thoughts on Germany’s Deposit Return System

On June 1, 2021, Reloop’s CEO Clarissa Morawski participated as a part of a panel discussion organised by the German Mineral Water Association (Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen – VDM) about the next steps that the EU and the natural mineral water sector need to take together to protect the climate and the most valuable resource there…

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Interview with Resource Recycling

Back in March, Reloop’s CEO Clarissa Morawski sat down (virtually!) with Resource Recycling’s Jared Paben to share her thoughts on what North American stakeholders can learn from Europe’s plastics policies and strategies. You can watch the webinar here:

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Reloop Hosts Trilateral Webinar on Europe’s New Recycling Calculation Method

On May 13, 2021, Joe Papineschi (Eunomia, Chairperson), and Susan Collins (President, Container Recycling Institute) joined Reloop for this webinar to learn about Europe’s new recycling calculation methodology, how it works, and how it’s different from what was in place before. The presentation shed light on the European derogation (an option 2 where data is…

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What We Waste: New global report highlights drink container wastage problem.

Our report draws on data from 93 countries, over a 20 year period, to examine trends in sales, collection and wastage of drinks containers, where wastage is defined as containers ending up in landfill, incineration, or in the environment. The countries included comprise 81% of the world’s population as of 2019. In particular, it considers…

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