Why Deposit Return is EPR

  If I described to you a consumer product system that spurred green design, established a take-back channel, increased recycling, and was all paid for by the producers of products, would you call that extended producer responsibility? More than two decades ago, Thomas Lindhqvist, a Swedish professor of Environmental Economics, coined the term extended producer…

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Return to Spender

Since being introduced to the market, there has been much debate – both in the beverage industry, and among politicians and the public – over the best way to collect single-use beverage containers for recycling and/or reuse. With several European countries moving forward with deposit-return schemes to complement their existing collection models, Reloop’s Clarissa Morawski…

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Joint Press Release by Environmental Groups on German Government’s Proposal to Reduce EU Recycling Targets

Note: The following press release was issued jointly by The Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU), Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND), Environmental Action Germany (DUH), and the German League for Nature, Animal and Environment Protection (DNR).  Joint Press Release  Environmental organisations criticise the German government for reducing the EU recycling targets  Higher EU recycling quotas and quick-acting measures…

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Is Brexit bad news for an evolving industry?

Last month’s decision by U.K. voters to withdraw from the European Union has generated a lot of questions over the potential impact on jobs, the economy and trade within the U.K. But for those in the U.K. waste management sector, the greatest concern is the potential impact of Brexit on both national and EU waste…

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Getting tough on food waste

Food waste has become an increasingly hot topic in recent months and for good reason. According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), about one-third of all food produced in the world for human consumption – approximately 1.3 billion metric tons – ends up as waste each year.In the European Union…

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Policy Instruments to Promote Refillable Beverage Containers

Refillable beverage containers have an important role to play in the circular economy. Aside from the obvious environmental benefits, refillable systems offer tremendous economic benefits in terms of material cost savings and job creation, which are multiplied with each refill. Despite these benefits, the market share of beverages in refillable containers has declined rapidly in jurisdictions…

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Why Container Deposit Systems are Gaining Ground

Since being introduced to the   market, single-use beverage containers have caused much debate – both in the beverage industry and among politicians and the public. A simple question sits at the center of the arguing: What’s the most efficient way to collect beverage containers for high-quality recycling? Though there are many who continue to…

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Refillable Alliance Releases Position Paper on Circular Economy Package

The following is a Press Release from the Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe) and six other environmental and economic organizations that have joined forces to promote reuse.  EU Circular Economy Package: Alliance of environmental and economic organisations demands that EU boss Juncker prevent waste and promote reuse  The Environmental Action Germany (Deutsche Umwelthilfe) and six other…

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