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The circular economy gets rolling

BRUSSELS IS starting to push for a closed-loop approach which could bring enormous health and economic benefits.                           Europe's new circular economy package is finally starting to make its way through Brussels. In July, the European Commission published its first consultation to garner…
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My viewpoint: Ashima Sukhdev talks about reinventing food systems

THE CIRCULAR economy has the potential to reinvent our food system to be regenerative and resilient.                 On July 9th, the European Parliament passed an important resolution on the circular economy that called for a 30% increase in resource productivity by 2030. The week before that, Prince Charles reinforced…
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Government not doing enough for sustainable resource management

The UK Government is failing to provide a “joined-up” approach to improve the use of resources, according to a new survey by the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). The IEMA polled 400 of its members on a number of environmental issues including resource security and the circular economy. The results showed the vast…
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New waste tool launched for businesses

THE WASTE & Resource Action Programme (WRAP) has launched a new tool to help businesses collaborate to cut down on waste and embrace a more circular approach to its practices.                     The new step-by-step guides, which provides tips and advice on developing re-use strategies have been…
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Eco Plastics debt of £1.65m written off by WRAP

THE WASTE & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) plans to write off its loan to UK plastic bottle recycler, Eco Plastics, consisting of £1.65m.                     Eco Plastic’s factory sorts around 140,000 tons of plastic bottles a year, accounting for 35% of the total bottle collection in the…
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EC withdraws circular economy package

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSON (EC) this week announced its intention to withdraw its circular economy package, claiming instead that it will put forward new ‘more ambitious’ plans.                     The announcement was made at the EC’s plenary session, at which first vice-president Frans Timmermans presented the EC’s planned…
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Government rejects circular economy recommendations

THE MEMBERS of the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC) have accused the UK Government of burying its head in the sand, after its recommendations on circular economy were rejected.                   In its report on how to create a more ‘circular economy’, published in July, the cross-party Committee called…
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Waste and resource management sector backs circular economy

NEW RESEARCH commissioned by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) has found that the resource management sector is embracing the circular economy and the potential financial and environment opportunities it offers.                           The report, entitled ‘The Circular Economy: what does it means…
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My Viewpoint: John Twitchen talks circular economy

WITH BUSINESSES facing rising costs and uncertain supply chains it's time to embrace the circular economy. The circular economy is a very straightforward concept, and very easy to picture in its purest sense. But debate rages over what it actually means, and therein lies the problem.   There is as much interest in the theory…
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European Commission boosts recycling targets for circular economy

THE EUROPEAN Commission announced this week that it has adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling across the Member States by 2030.                       New waste targets will be introduced and, if achieved, will create 580,000 new jobs whilst reducing…
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