Reloop hosts webinar on best practices for national circular economy

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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Dispatches from Europe: Trying to define ‘single-use plastic’

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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What is Plastic? New Study Explores the Potential for Certain Materials to be Exempted from the Single Use Plastics Directive

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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Better Together: How a Deposit Return System Will Complement Ontario’s Blue Box Program and Enhance the Circular Economy

A new report by Reloop, produced in partnership with Eunomia Research & Consulting, outlines how the introduction of a deposit return system (DRS) would increase recycling rates and reduce litter in Ontario, Canada. The report, Better Together: How a Deposit Return System will Complement Ontario’s Blue Box Program and Enhance the Circular Economy, also identifies how harmonization with…

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SUPD Becomes Law

On June 12, 2019, the Single-Use Plastics Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was published in the European Union’s Official Journal. This marks the final step of the legislative procedure. Member States will now have two years to transpose this Directive into their national laws, until July 3,…

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Single-Use Plastics Directive Backgrounder

While headlines around the world continue to reveal a grim picture of discarded plastics in our environment, in the EU, real action is taking place. On 19th December 2018, a trialogue agreement was reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Single-Use Plastics Directive for the reduction of certain plastic products in the…

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New Position Paper on the SUPD

In light of the most recent policy developments at the EU, Reloop has prepared a new position paper in order to contribute to the trialogue negotiations on the Single-Use Plastic Directive (SUPD). With this paper, Reloop hopes to contribute to the trialogue discussions by highlighting some of the key issues which we believe are crucial…

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Position Paper on the EC’s Proposal for a Single Use Plastics Directive

Reloop welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal on single-use plastics published on 28 May 2018 (COM(2018)340), which shows great ambition, commitment and leadership from the EU in addressing one of the major global challenges of today, namely marine litter. This position paper aims to contribute to the European Parliament and Council discussions on the legislative proposal in order to…

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EU’s Blueprint for Action on Waste in a Circular Economy

In less than a month, Europe has laid out its legislative and long-term policy blueprint on waste and recycling. After a marathon session that took place just before Christmas (Dec. 18), the European Parliament, Council and European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the legislative part of the Circular Economy Package, a set of laws…

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