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17. September 2021,

New publications on the prevention of single-use plastic (SUP) and reusable packaging systems by the CAP-SEA project

The CAP-SEA project, which stands for Collaborative Action for Single-Use Plastic Prevention in Southeast Asia, has recently published three new papers. Thematically, the publications range from “design-for-recycling (D4R)”, through “recycled content in plastic material” to “considerations for packaging classification” and can serve as helpful working materials.

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13. September 2021,

ValuCred report on Plastic Credits published

ValuCred publishes the report “Plastic Credits – Friend or Foe? Retrospective of recent market dynamics” as one of the first milestones of the PREVENT pilot project team working on an inclusive and transparent circular economy model.

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10. September 2021,

DBFZ and RETech elaborate a guideline for organic waste treatment in Ethiopia and East Africa

DBFZ (German Biomass Research Center) contracted RETech (German RETech Partnership) to support the project “WasteGui – Guideline of urban and rural organic waste in the African countries using the example of Ethiopia“, which is funded by the PREVENT Waste Alliance, from 1st of July 2021 to 30th of June 2022. The scope of the project includes among others the transfer of knowledge to decision-makers and target groups on the basis of a guideline to be drawn up.

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29. July 2021,

Major milestone reached for international grass-roots waste management platform

+++Update on the PREVENT pilot project “Plastic Credits for inclusive and transparent circularity“+++

A major milestone has been reached with the registration of the 100th waste management project to the Circular Action Hub (CAH), an innovative platform launched 12 months ago by UK and Brazil based not-for-profit, BVRio. The project recovers plastic from the Amazon and from the surrounding environment.

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27. July 2021,

Indonesian waste stakeholder map now online

Join the Indonesian waste stakeholder map to support the stakeholder overview. The map creates insights in who is doing what and where.

 

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20. July 2021,

Video series: EPR Explained! published as part of PREVENT EPR Toolbox

The PREVENT Waste Alliance Toolbox Know-how to enable Extended Producer Responsibility for packaging has now been complemented with the video series: EPR Explained! Experts from different organisations share their perspective and insights on several topics surrounding EPR. Each of the 14 videos focusses on one distinct topic.

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14. July 2021,

OBP Standard Revision: Public Consultation

After World’s Oceans Day the 8th of June and the first anniversary since the publication of the Ocean Bound Plastic (OBP) Program standards, it is time for their planned revision to improve and better adequate them to your needs.

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6. July 2021,

Plastic Free Campus – Kampus Bebas Plastik

Plastic Free Campus (PFC) is now available in Indonesia. The free online program for Indonesian students and teachers is dedicated to helping schools fight single-use plastic pollution worldwide.

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29. June 2021,

Sustainable architecture: a way towards circularity in electronics

As plastics trading becomes ever hard due to international policies and a worldwide plastic pollution crisis, local, sustainable, replicable, and scalable plastic solutions are needed. E-plastics (plastic from electronic equipment) offer a variety of properties as a sustainable construction material. The challenge is how to not fall into a downcycling process.

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28. June 2021,

Factsheets on waste management in Western Balkans

Serbia, Montenegro and North Macedonia are stepping up their efforts to reduce their dependence on landfilling, modernise their waste management infrastructure and align their legal framework with that of the EU. International law firm CMS and the Berlin-based advisory firm Andreas von Schoenberg Consulting have published factsheets on waste management in the 3 Western Balkan countries.

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24. June 2021,

Self-empowerment through capacity building on circular economy

+++Update on the PREVENT pilot project “German MENA university network for waste management and circular economy“+++

Educating future engineers and decision makers is the best way to equip the coming generations with the right know-how to help developing countries improving their local situation, and thereby enabling growth. As one of the PREVENT pilot projects, the German-MENA university network for waste management and circular economy started its education program, which addresses local universities in Algeria, Egypt, Jordan and Morocco.

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23. June 2021,

Introducing DIN SPEC 91664 on recyclates classification – Now open for commenting!

The DIN SPEC 91446 is the classification of recycled plastics based on Data Quality Levels for use and (digital) trading. Initiated by cirplus and DIN (German Institute for Standardization), the classification system supports parties involved in the trading of recyclates and plastic waste feedstock by increasing transparency.

The draft is out now. Download and comment here until 21 July 2021.

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18. June 2021,

World Resources Forum 2021: A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources (Oct. 12-14)

The World Resources Forum (WRF) 2021, under the theme of ‘A Green Deal for Sustainable Resources’ will take place on October 12-14, with an innovative hybrid format (online | Switzerland | Ghana). In order to advance a global multi-stakeholder dialogue on global governance and management of natural resources, WRF is calling for wide participation from industry, policy, research, and civil society.

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16. June 2021,

How to raise awareness on the e-waste challenge in Quito, Ecuador – PREVENT sparring session

+++Update on the PREVENT pilot project “E-nnovating Quito: Sustainable e-waste management supported by collect-and-learn vehicles”+++

The first sparring session within PREVENT’s “E-nnovating” pilot project took place on the 16th of June with the collaboration of the PREVENT members DIE, UBA and University of Kassel. The exchange helped to focus the approach of the pilot project, which is developing mobile vehicles, serving as learning centres & collection units at the same time.

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14. June 2021,

New online course “Going Circular: The EPR Guide”

Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) is a policy principle which can help eliminate pollution through packaging waste, moving towards a circular economy. The new online course introduces the concept and key elements of EPR schemes. Beyond that, it is a practical guide for the introduction of EPR, particularly in developing countries.

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9. April 2021,

GrowUp Incubator for green Social Businesses: Improving Waste Management in East Africa by Yunus Environment Hub

Within a framework of a 3-year program “A Greener Future for East Africa’s Youth” Yunus Environment Hub implemented a GrowUp Incubator for green Social Businesses in East Africa. The Incubator aims to provide tailored mentorship, capacity building and networking opportunities to post-revenue social business entrepreneurs with focus on waste management.
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6. April 2021,

ICLEI launches global platform for circular economy in cities and regions

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability has launched ICLEI Circulars, a global platform offering cities concrete instruments and practical tools to kick-off their circular development journey.

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31. March 2021,

New PREVENT-StEP cross working group on the implementation of the Basel Convention

Following a first exchange with the Basel Convention Secretariat in February on the challenges caused by notification procedures for the transboundary movement of e-waste, PREVENT and StEP have initiated a cross-alliance working group to collect experiences from members in different countries. The aim is to find ways to improve local implementation and facilitate transport to qualified recycling facilities abroad.

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30. March 2021,

Circularity of post-consumer plastic packaging material in Germany: how far are we?

To achieve the Circular Economy targets, the post-consumer plastic packaging (PCPP) sector needs cross-cutting strategies that include all stakeholders of the value chain. A study of the Hamburg University of Technologies examines the flows of PCPP throughout the waste value chain in Germany.
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29. March 2021,

Blue Champions Award

The Blue Solutions Initiative has launched the Blue Champions Award for outstanding practitioners all over the world.
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22. March 2021,

German start-up everwave on clean-up mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Garbage as far as the eye can see in front of a dam in Višegrad. The start-up everwave knew immediately that their waste collection boat CollectiX could help.

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17. March 2021,

TONTOTON x Zero Plastic Oceans, allied to prevent Ocean Bound Plastic pollution

On 2 March 2021, TONTOTON has become the first company in the world to offer fully third-party certified plastic offsetting services by getting audited and certified by Control Union to the OBP Neutrality Certification developed by Zero Plastic Oceans (ZPO).

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26. January 2021,

Waste Flow Diagram – assessment tool for mapping waste flows: now online!

The Waste Flow Diagram (WFD) is a rapid assessment tool for mapping waste flows and quantifying plastic leakage. It is an excel-based tool that estimates the amounts of solid waste that leak into nature and oceans by various sources. It was co-financed by BMZ and developed in cooperation by GIZ, the University of Leeds, Eawag-Sandec and Wasteaware and is available for download.

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25. January 2021,

Global Launch of Waste Wise Cities Tool

Mismanaged waste is negatively impacting on public health and our environment, especially contributing to soil degradation, climate change and marine litter pollution. UN-Habitat’s Waste Wise Cities Tool gives local governments the necessary data at hand to plan meaningful interventions and sustainably improve their solid waste management systems. Join the Launch on 2nd February!
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25. January 2021,

FeelGood EcoNurture identified as one of the Youth Solutions Report’s ’50 Solutions of 2020′

Feelgood EcoNurture LLP is a Mumbai-based ingenious start-up working in the field of plastic recycling, focusing on exploring new ways of reusing & recycling diverse post-consumer waste and developing techniques to recycle the non-recyclables. The Sustainable Development Solutions Network reported FeelGood’s FG Eco-Tiles among the ‘50 Solutions of 2020’ in the Youth Solutions Report.
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19. January 2021,

New POLYPROBLEM topic report published

Annually, nearly 400 million tons of plastic are currently produced worldwide. However, less than ten percent consist of recycled material. The second POLYPROBLEM topic report TREASURE HUNT by the Röchling Foundation and Wider Sense in cooperation with cirplus analyses why the vision of a functioning closed material loop is not yet reality and how this could change.

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12. January 2021,

Build Ghana’s PET Collection Stock; The way forward.

There is a sharp rise in the collection and recycling of PET plastic in the last 5 years in Ghana, but contrary the price value of PET plastic remains the lowest in Ghana, and the PET plastic market globally is at its lowest. The article explores what mechanism Ghana can apply to ensure that PET plastics are collected and recycled in order to create an effective circular economy model.
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6. January 2021,

Dalmia Polypro Industries receives funding from Circulate Capital to strengthen India’s circular economy

With the fund infusion, Dalmia aims to triple its recycling capacity by 2025. Growth is to be achieved through new facilities and technologies and extending into value-added product categories, such as food-grade applications like bottle-to-bottle recycling. This funding is part of Circulate Capital’s commitment to invest in India to transform the country’s waste management.

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9. December 2020,

PREVENT Waste Alliance ends 2020 with first general assembly and officially launches 8 pilot projects

The PREVENT Waste Alliance came together virtually for its first general assembly. In addition to a thank you video message from the German Development Minister Gerd Müller (BMZ), the focus was on the communication of the pilot projects, which will now be implemented until June 2022.

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27. October 2020,

Relaunch of the UBA platform for online mapping of global best practice projects

The online mapping of worldwide best practice projects of the German Environment Agency (UBA) is intended to provide an overview of international waste and wastewater management projects with German participation and to inform about the main points: WHERE and WHEN did WHICH international projects with WHICH goal and WHICH actors took place?

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27. October 2020,

First transaction on Circular Action Hub, the 1st circular economy marketplace

Brazilian company purchases Circular Credits to demonstrate compliance with local solid waste regulation. Transaction independently verified by SGS.

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26. October 2020,

New GIZ project “Support to the BMU funding program Marine Debris Framework”

GIZ announces new project on marine litter and plastic waste prevention.

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19. October 2020,

European Resources Forum ERF 2020 online

For the 5th time, the German Environment Agency (UBA) is hosting the European Resources Forum (ERF). The English-language conference will take place on 3 November 2020. The event will be held, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, as a virtual conference. More than 600 participants from over 40 countries are expected to attend.

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19. October 2020,

Public Consultation: Plastic Waste Reduction Program, and the Guidelines for Leadership in Plastic Accounting

Through Plastic Credits corporations can address the plastic waste they cannot yet eliminate. BVRio wishes to announce public consultation on the market-based approach to transparently and sustainably increase the value of plastic waste. They would particularly appreciate feedback from other plastic crediting systems make sure that the guidelines are suitable for everyone.

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16. October 2020,

Financing the circular economy

The number of private funds focused on circular economy have increased 10-fold since 2010 and its investments through public equity funds have increased 6-fold since 2020. The report published by the Ellen McArthur Foundation gives an insight into the multi-trillion-dollar opportunities that circular economy offers.

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14. October 2020,

Piloting of treatment solutions and innovative finance models for problematic e-waste fractions

In July 2020 Landbell Group started work on an assignment to develop and pilot solutions for treating problematic e-waste fractions for recyclers in Latin America, the Balkans and East/West Africa. Together with the PREVENT Waste Alliance E-Waste Working Group, the project will also scope out and apply innovative finance mechanisms to cover the treatment costs.

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12. October 2020,

IPI Journal Special Issue on Sustainability & Recycling of Plastics

The special issue of the Journal covers articles on plastics recycling and sustainability related to waste management, collection and application with a focus on developing economies.
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30. September 2020,

New treatment plant for Slovenian recycler Dinos

In February 2020 Dinos d.o.o. Ljubljana, Slovenia officially inaugurated a new recycling plant for processing industrial plastic waste, in particular plastic film. On centre stage of the new facility are a universal and state-of-the-art washing system from Lindner Washtech with a range of new and improved components.
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22. September 2020,

The EPR Toolbox was finalised and published

The toolbox on Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging has been finalised and we are pleased to announce that the material of the toolbox is now available for download. The EPR Toolbox contains various training materials which, among other things, explain how an EPR system can be established, what possible financing mechanisms exist and how the informal sector can be involved in a sustainable waste management as well.

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19. August 2020,

cirplus admitted to DBU Green Start-up support programme

PREVENT member cirplus is one of a total of 16 start-ups to be included in the Green Start-up Programme of the German Federal Environmental Foundation (DBU). The funding programme supports start-ups that combine solutions for environment, ecology and sustainability with a focus on digitalisation in an innovative way.

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19. August 2020,

New Fire Prevention System: Lindner prevents fires caused by damaged batteries

The increasing number of lithium batteries in the general waste collection raises the fire risk during the mechanical processing and conversion of waste into solid recovered fuels. To minimise such fire hazards, Lindner‘s Fire Prevention System (FPS) detects overheated particles in the material stream, cools them to a safe temperature and makes sure that objects that cannot be cooled can be safely removed by hand.

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19. August 2020,

New webinar recording on informal-formal partnerships in e-waste management

Can you partner with the informal sector for sustainable e-waste management? Yes! To find out how, take a look at the latest webinar from StEP (Solving the E-Waste Problem Initiative).

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4. August 2020,

Pedro Moura Costa was elected as new representative to the steering committee

Pedro Moura Costa is the new representative of the civil society stakeholder group in the PREVENT steering committee. The 15 civil society members of the PREVENT Waste Alliance elected him to his new position in July 2020. From 15 August 2020 he will represent their interests together with Simone Walter (Help e.V.).

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23. June 2020,

Reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for waste pickers and waste workers

Waste pickers provide essential sanitation and solid waste management services. Since the COVID-19 pandemic, collecting and sorting what others throw away puts them at risk for infection. New resources for urban cleaning services and responsible agencies as well as outsourced companies and informal waste pickers help reduce the risks.

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22. June 2020,

Crowdfunding platforms for municipal solid waste services delivery

UN-Habitat presents two crowdfunding platforms: Planet Heroes and Earth Restore Network mobilise funds to support local and national governments and other waste actors in solid waste management service delivery and sustainable resource management, also during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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19. June 2020,

Signed Letter of Intent to tackle plastics in rivers in South-West Netherlands

Over 20 organisations in South-West Netherlands will collaborate to tackle plastics in rivers – to prevent them from ever reaching the North Sea.

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19. June 2020,

cirplus is closing the loop for plastics with digitisation – 100% circular plastics

cirplus has developed the global B2B marketplace for companies across the entire plastics value chain. On cirplus.com, businesses trade recyclates and plastic waste worldwide with immediate comparison of offers, specifically developed standards for plastic waste and recyclates and creating digital CVs of material in order to track & trace the plastic around the globe.
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11. May 2020,

Study on prevention of plastic waste by multi-actor partnerships published

Within the working groups “Conserving resources” the Wuppertal Institute, with the support of the members of working groups “Conserving resources” and “Closing loops for packaging”, developed the study “Prevention of plastic waste in production and consumption by multi-actor partnerships”.

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11. May 2020,

One year PREVENT Waste Alliance – we celebrate our birthday!

One year ago, the German Development Minister Dr. Gerd Müller launched the PREVENT Waste Alliance. Even though the general assembly cannot take place as originally planned, we do not want to let our one year anniversary pass by unnoticed.

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7. May 2020,

Consolidation workshop on PREVENT’s EPR Toolbox

As final step of the creation of a Toolbox on extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging waste, a consolidation workshop was held virtually on 7 May 2020. Around 60 PREVENT members took the chance to discuss and share their expertise on this topic after the materials, as well as the feedback received from partner countries had been presented. Furthermore, the participants identified potential application options for the knowledge tool.

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20. April 2020,

#BusinessVsCovid19 – jointly taking action against the virus

The matchmaking platform leverist.de offers companies the opportunity to connect with new partners and suppliers on their topic page #BusinessVsCovid19. Actors from the private sector and development cooperation can publish their needs that have arisen due to the coronavirus pandemic or react to such requests. The focus is on crisis management in low- and middle-income countries.
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17. April 2020,

First ever batch of lithium ion batteries legally exported from West Africa

After 2.5 years, Closing the Loop has exported more than 5,000kg of scrap lithium-ion batteries from mobile phones and laptops from Nigeria. These batteries were collected using their local collection networks already used for scrap mobile phones over the last 5 years. The collection and shipment of the batteries have been paid for through Closing the Loop’s innovative business model for circular electronics.

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7. April 2020,

Management guidelines on ecological plastic packaging

These guidelines summarise, which aspects have to be considered when thinking about eco design.
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6. April 2020,

First in-person meeting of the Plastic Waste Partnership working group

The Basel Convention Plastic Waste Partnership working group successfully held its first in-person meeting in the beginning of March.
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3. April 2020,

Launch of “TCO Certified Edge, E-Waste Compensated” certification

Closing the Loop has developed a new business model of waste compensation by collecting e-waste in developing countries on behalf of organisations in Europe.

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1. April 2020,

German “Waste separation works” campaign provides information on how to correctly separate waste

Through their nationwide campaign "Waste separation works", which was launched on 10 March, the dual systems explain to consumers how to separate waste correctly and clear up misconceptions and myths surrounding waste.
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27. March 2020,

DIE research: Behavioural insights help increase household waste separation

The German Development Institute (DIE) applied insights from behavioural sciences to design letters providing information on recycling and waste separation in the city of Trelew, Argentina.

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26. March 2020,

Jokey SE: Together for sustainable solutions

Packaging manufacturer Jokey SE, in cooperation with JONAS Farbenwerke, is meeting the challenges of the future by further expanding its sustainability strategy.
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26. March 2020,

Stopping Ocean Plastic and Improving Lives in Rio de Janeiro

With funding from the Norwegian Retailers Environment Fund, Plastic Bank is engaging faith communities to stop ocean plastic and improve the lives of those who collect it.

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19. March 2020,

Facts and figures about the German plastics market

The plastics industry is reissuing its study on the flow of plastics in Germany. The established study provides a comprehensive picture of the circular economy with plastics.
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19. March 2020,

GKV: Position paper on the circular economy

The German Association of Plastics Converters (GKV) has published a position paper on the circular economy with plastics. It describes the path to a comprehensive resource management and circular economy with plastics.
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14. February 2020,

Zero Plastic Waste City Project in India and Viet Nam

The Grameen Creative Lab and the Alliance to End Plastic Waste (AEPW) will carry out the project “Zero Plastic Waste City” in India and Viet Nam together. The pilot cities will be announced in early 2020. An extension of the project to other cities is being investigated.
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14. February 2020,

The 8th lab of tomorrow process enters a new phase

The test phase of the 8th lab of tomorrow process to decrease plastic waste in Thailand has officially ended. Five of the venture teams with members from Thailand and Europe presented their further developed business models in an online presentation event. During the coming pilot phase, they will now test the first prototypes on the market and are looking for partners and investors.
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13. February 2020,

2 PREVENT working groups intensify their collaboration

The PREVENT working groups focusing on plastic and packaging waste are planning to work closer together in the future. The final decision on how exactly this should look like will be made at the PREVENT General Assembly on 8 May 2020 in Munich, Germany.

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28. January 2020,

First Meeting of the Steering Committee

The members of the PREVENT steering committee met for the first time on 28 January. In an open exchange, the actors got to know each other and discussed the structure, design and strategic orientation of PREVENT. They are now optimistic about the joint plans for 2020.

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