The Circular Europe Network (CEN) is proud to announce the launch of its website and database of good practices on circular economy: www.circular-europe-network.eu.

The website features a comprehensive database of best practices on circular economy from cities and regions, available in full to ACR+ members. These factsheets are accessible via an interactive map on the homepage of the website. In particular, some of the factsheets offer an overview of general circular economy strategies and governance at both local and regional levels. Users can also browse using different criteria – Instruments, Business models and Resources - and as such can access a wide range of concrete cases, for instance product service systems in Brussels, waste prevention in Catalonia or industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg.

The database capitalises on the 20 years of expertise ACR+ brings to the network and its involvement in many projects related to resource efficiency and circular economy, including the Pre-waste project. The database already includes about sixty cases and will be updated on a regular basis.

Upon navigating through the site, users will also have access to reports and publications. For example, the CEN general guidelines on circular economy strategies by local and regional authorities published by ACR+ last May. The website is organised so as to provide quick and direct access for all users to information about the network and its activities, along with the possibility of viewing a summary of all available factsheets.

The Circular Europe Network is an ACR+ initiative to support local and regional authorities in being ambitious on circular economy. It gathers ACR+ members committed to improve their resource strategies and strenghten the sustainable development of their territory. The CEN builds on the expertise of European front runners within the ACR+ network in order to gather, analyse and exchange information on efficient circular economy strategies implemented by cities and regions.

Find out more on the Circular Europe Network

The Circular Europe Network (CEN) is proud to announce the launch of its website and database of good practices on circular economy: www.circular-europe-network.eu.

The website features a comprehensive database of best practices on circular economy from cities and regions, available in full to ACR+ members. These factsheets are accessible via an interactive map on the homepage of the website. In particular, some of the factsheets offer an overview of general circular economy strategies and governance at both local and regional levels. Users can also browse using different criteria – Instruments, Business models and Resources - and as such can access a wide range of concrete cases, for instance product service systems in Brussels, waste prevention in Catalonia or industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg.

The database capitalises on the 20 years of expertise ACR+ brings to the network and its involvement in many projects related to resource efficiency and circular economy, including the Pre-waste project. The database already includes about sixty cases and will be updated on a regular basis.

Upon navigating through the site, users will also have access to reports and publications. For example, the CEN general guidelines on circular economy strategies by local and regional authorities published by ACR+ last May. The website is organised so as to provide quick and direct access for all users to information about the network and its activities, along with the possibility of viewing a summary of all available factsheets.

The Circular Europe Network is an ACR+ initiative to support local and regional authorities in being ambitious on circular economy. It gathers ACR+ members committed to improve their resource strategies and strenghten the sustainable development of their territory. The CEN builds on the expertise of European front runners within the ACR+ network in order to gather, analyse and exchange information on efficient circular economy strategies implemented by cities and regions.

Find out more on the Circular Europe Network

Between the 21st and the 29th of November, the 2015 edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction takes place. The EWWR 2015 will take place under the patronage of the European Parliament and focuses on the issue of Dematerialisation - Doing more with less!

The EWWR 2015 will be implemented all over Europe (and beyond!) with the aim of promoting the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. The EWWR, in fact, represents an occasion to engage with and spread awareness on the hot topics of the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!, as well as on Dematerialization.

Dematerialization, standing for a way to use less or no material to deliver the same level of functionality to the user, has been adopted as the main theme for the 2015 edition of the EWWR. Dematerialisation includes the idea of replacing products with services, as well as of improving the use of materials (by reusing products, by substituting materials, by using fewer materials for a specific function). Solutions like sharing economy, services replacing products, and improved materials will become essential and more and more important towards resource efficiency.

The EWWR therefore invites everybody warmly to get started by organising a simple activity during the EWWR 2015 and to spread awareness on Dematerialization through their actions! Participating is simple: Just visit the EWWR website and find a large database full of examples and ideas of what action to organize, as well as all information on how to participate. Furthermore, there are a lot of support tools available that help Action Developer in the formulation, implementation and evaluation of their dematerialisation action!

The EWWR welcomes any type of action related to Dematerialization and to the 3R’s, and involves public authorities, associations, NGOs, businesses, schools and individual citizens. Actions can take the most various forms and can vary from conferences and contests to exhibitions, workshops, information campaigns and much more.

In the past six editions, more than 24.800 actions have been organised all over Europe and beyond. Help us to beat the record again in 2015 and to implement more actions than in any other edition of the EWWR before!

Be part of the European thrive for a sustainable change andregister your action for the EWWR 2015!

You can find more details and information on the EWWR Website. For any further question please do also not hesitate to write to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

The award winners of the European Week for Waste Reduction awards have been rewarded at the EWWR awards ceremony held on 27 May 2015, in Budapest. After the finalists for the EWWR awards had already been announced in March 2014, the announcement of the winners ended the breathtaking suspense that filled the air of the Budapest Congress Centre.

The EWWR awards rewarded the most outstanding awareness-raising actions implemented during the EWWR 2014 in each of the categories of Action Developers: Administration/Public Authority, Association/NGO, Business/Industry, Educational Establishment, Citizens, and Others. You can find the names of the winners release in a Press Release and find out more about all finalist actions in the comprehensive Press File.

We invite you to have a look at the pictures of the awards ceremony here: Available soon

The awards ceremony took place in the scope of a two-day congress held the 27th and 28th of May in Budapest: “New approaches to the national waste management”. Having closed the conference “Moving away from landfill & incineration: circular economy in practice”, jointly organised by ACR+ and NWMA, the EWWR awards was the occasion to give concrete examples on how to implement a circular economy.

More information about the European Week for Waste Reduction

The award winners of the European Week for Waste Reduction awards have been rewarded at the EWWR awards ceremony held on 27 May 2015, in Budapest. After the finalists for the EWWR awards had already been announced in March 2014, the announcement of the winners ended the breathtaking suspense that filled the air of the Budapest Congress Centre.

The EWWR awards rewarded the most outstanding awareness-raising actions implemented during the EWWR 2014 in each of the categories of Action Developers: Administration/Public Authority, Association/NGO, Business/Industry, Educational Establishment, Citizens, and Others. You can find the names of the winners release in a Press Release and find out more about all finalist actions in the comprehensive Press File.

We invite you to have a look at the pictures of the awards ceremony here: Available soon

The awards ceremony took place in the scope of a two-day congress held the 27th and 28th of May in Budapest: “New approaches to the national waste management”. Having closed the conference “Moving away from landfill & incineration: circular economy in practice”, jointly organised by ACR+ and NWMA, the EWWR awards was the occasion to give concrete examples on how to implement a circular economy.

More information about the European Week for Waste Reduction

The German Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung - VerpackV)  January 1, 2009,  has the purpose  to avoid and to reduce the environmental impacts of waste arising from packaging. It sets the minimum packaging quota for reusable drink packaging and one-way packaging containers deemed ‘ecological advantageous’ must be namely 80%.  This quota target mainly glass and plastics, in particular mineral water and beer.

The market share for reusable drink containers in Germany is 45% for water and carbonated drinks and 89% for beer, with an overall market share of 50%. The loss rate, due to the breakage or scrapping of reusable containers is between 3-5%.

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The ecomoebel GmbH is network for the reconditioning and marketing of used furniture. Under the brand “ZweitSinn” (meaning second purpose) it has established a recycling design co-operation [business] that brings together waste managers and waste collectors, designers, furniture producers and sellers resulting in a successful co-operation.

The aim of the recycling design business ZweitSinn is to organise a platform where suppliers of used materials (old furniture, chipboards etc.), producers with the experience and ability to work with used materials, designers who have specified in so called recycling design and sellers in areas where a demand for unusual but high quality and environmentally friendly furniture design exists can “meet” and design, produce and sell re-design furniture.

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See other Factsheets on reuse:

•    R.U.S.Z - Repair and Service Center in Austria (Prewaste factsheet 10)

•    Alelyckan Re-use Park in Sweden (Pre-waste Factsheet 30)

•    Reuse Centre L’Alligatore in Italy (Pre-waste Factsheet 38)

•    Guide for repairing, selling & reusing goods in Rennes, France (Pre-waste factsheet 50)

R.U.S.Z. (Reparatur und Service Zentrum – Repair and Service Center) is a special initiative in Vienna, where jobless people are trained to repair goods at affordable prices and disassemble electronic equipment so that hazardous and non-hazardous waste is separated. Items most commonly repaired are electronic and electrical household devices.

It created an enormous demand for repair services which sowed the seeds of the Repair Network Vienna, a network of some 60 private, profit-oriented repair companies and was followed by the creation of three other repair networks in Austria (www.repanet.at).

The research and development unit of R.U.S.Z. developed a technical method for reducing the water and energy consumption of older washing machines by 20%. Energy efficiency class C-devices can therefore be upgraded to energy efficiency class A.

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See other factsheets on reuse:

•   Ecomoebel – Reuse of furniture: network for the reconditioning and marketing of used furniture under the brand “ZweitSinn” in Germany (Pre-waste Factsheet 13)

•   Alelyckan Re-use Park in Sweden (Pre-waste Factsheet 30)

•   Reuse Centre L’Alligatore in Italy (Pre-waste Factsheet 38)

•   Guide for repairing, selling & reusing goods in Rennes, France (Pre-waste factsheet 50)

The action "Let's do it with Ferda" is a pilot project inside the Estonian environment education programme of waste reduction for pupils in basic level. For that the educational book "Ferda Reduces Waste" has been created for pupils and teachers. The first action took place the 24th of November 2009 in Pärnu Kuninga Basic school where 2h lecture have been held with some practical games about how to avoid and reduce waste at home and at school.

All the Estonian schools and the kinder gardens can book the course and ask for a specialist contribution at the school (free of charge). The course is 1h or 2 h 45 minutes long. For the young student, the mascot Ferda or a glove puppet is used. During the lesson material and tool kit is distributed to teachers and kids for further use. In some regions partners such as youth centres contribute with additional games or competitions.

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Within the European Union, a number of national initiatives aiming to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags to a minimum exist. They range from taxes on packaging and waste disposal (whose costs the producers usually pass on to the consumers), through fees for plastic carrier bags (going e.g. to a recycling fund), to voluntary labelling of plastic carrier bags and labelling of biodegradable bags. These measures are in some cases supported and promoted by media campaigns, e.g. for the use of reusable bags.

In Belgium, an eco-tax has been applied to disposable bags, kitchen utensils, food wrap and aluminium foil, the "picnic tax", from 2007.

In Romania, an eco-tax has been applied to non-biodegradable plastic bags from 2009.

In Spain, a communication campaign was implemented between 2005 and 2008 with the aim of changing consumers behaviour regarding their use of plastic bags.

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