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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Dispatches from Europe: A Step to Stem the Plastic Tide

Single-use plastics are everywhere, with most of us regularly relying on the convenience of products such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and water bottles. Clarissa Morawski But it’s also becoming clear we have made, used and disposed of too many. According to one recent academic analysis, only 9 percent of…

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In Our Opinion: Why deposits make sense for retailers

Note: This article was originally featured on Resource Recycling’s website and published on September 11, 2018. To view the original article, click here.  There’s no denying it; the world is experiencing a plastic waste crisis and it’s growing – but so is public awareness and action. Clarissa Morawski In June 2018, as part of its…

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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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