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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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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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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US Media Release: 140 Billion drink containers wasted nationally every year

MEDIA RELEASE 140 BILLION DRINKS CONTAINERS WASTED NATIONALLY EVERY YEAR 29 April 2021 Elizabeth Balkan elizabeth.balkan@reloopplatform.org Published Reloop [1] data [2] shows that more than 140 billion empty drinks containers – glass bottles, PET plastic bottles and metal cans – were wasted [3] across the United States in 2019. over 74 billion were PET bottles,…

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Let’s Talk Plastic!

Let’s Talk Plastic! In exactly one week, Merijn Tinga ~ Plastic Soup Surfer will be on the stage again for his second ‘Let’s Talk Plastic’ talkshow – a show that focuses on the history, the challenges and the future of #DepositReturn systems. Reloop’s CEO Clarissa Morawski will be one of their special guests and will provide an overview of deposit…

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Recycling Unpacked: Maximizing Circularity in US Beverage Packaging

As part of Circular City Week New York, Metabolic co-hosted this webinar “Recycling Unpacked” to explore the potential for a circular beverage packaging sector for the U.S. The webinar featured our Americas Director Elizabeth Balkan alongside panelists from Eco-Cycle, Nestle Waters, NYC Department of Sanitation, and Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in…

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Deposit return systems are key to solving the plastic paradox

As consumer demand for recycled polyethylene terephthalate (rPET) grows and governments continue to set regulations to increase use of recycled materials, a plastic paradox is created: there isn’t enough high-quality material being collected and recycled for manufacturers to meet the increased demand. In this article for Waste Dive, our Director of Americas Elizabeth Balkan explains how deposit…

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New Factsheet: Deposit Return Systems Create More Jobs

This new factsheet by the Reloop Platform explains why deposit return systems (DRS), which are in place in over 40 jurisdictions across the world, produce higher circular economy outcomes, including a more positive impact on job creation, than any other waste management option. Included in the factsheet is a table summarizing the key findings of…

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