A Call for EU Action on Recycled Content Mandates for Plastics

On 16 January 2018, the European Commission published its communication laying out a strategy for plastics in a circular economy. The first-ever EU Plastics Strategy identifies key challenges, including  low reuse and recycling rates for plastic waste, the GHG emissions associated with plastics production and incineration, and the presence of plastic waste in oceans, and proposes…

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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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Deposit Return: A Tried and Tested Solution for Scotland

As the momentum behind deposit return schemes in the UK grows, Clarissa Morawski, Managing Director at European circular economy platform Reloop, makes the case for their deployment in the fight against plastic waste and to increase recycled content in single-use beverage containers in the Scottish context The Oxford English Dictionary defines ‘tried and tested’ as:…

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UNEP Report on Single-Use Plastics

On 5 June 2018, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) released a new report titled Single Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability.  The 127-page report sets out the latest thinking on how we can more sustainably manage and tackle single-use plastic pollution, and examines what governments, businesses and individuals have achieved and what are the best actions to…

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In My Opinion: A Business Case for Deposit Return

In an effort to reduce litter and increase recycling, more and more jurisdictions are turning to deposit return systems for the recovery of beverage containers. These systems require consumers to pay a small deposit at the point of purchase, and they get the deposit back when they return the empty container for recycling. Despite the…

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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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In my Opinion: Opportunities amid the Uncertainty 

It’s no secret that China is a leader in international world trade. For years, the country has been a major importer of many types of foreign goods, including timber, dairy products, and petrochemicals. China is also the world’s largest importer of waste. Last year, Chinese manufacturers and recyclers imported 7.3 million metric tons of waste…

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DRS Factsheets

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Deposit-return systems (DRS) are a proven tool to recover high quantities of beverage containers for reuse and high-quality recycling. These systems require consumers to pay a small deposit when they purchase a beverage can or bottle, which they get back when they return the container to a redemption location. Reloop and CM Consulting have produced…

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Deposit Return FAQs Answered

On September 5, 2017, Scotland joined a growing list of countries around the world when it announced that it will be introducing a deposit-return system (DRS) for drinks containers to tackle marine and land-based litter. There are now over 40 jurisdictions worldwide that have implemented DRS, and the momentum continues to build. In this series of eight…

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