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Slovakia - circular economy

30/03/2020
What happens to old mobile phones when they reach the end of their useful lives? They might be recycled, though this seems to be the case for only a small portion (data is lacking but the recycling rate in the EU could be about 15%). They might be discarded with other waste and end up incinerated...
18/11/2019
The Circular Flanders partnership acts as a hub for development of the circular economy in the Flemish region. Circular Flanders spokesperson Jan Verheyen provided details on its structure and approach, and in particular, its work to encourage circular economy thinking in purchasing decisions made...
18/11/2019
How smart policy innovation is transforming economic thinking and inspiring urban renewal and green building projects. The circular economy offers solutions to some of the greatest societal challenges, from tackling carbon emissions, climate change and unsustainable building practices to meeting...
© Recyclass platform
02/10/2018
Plastics are versatile materials found in packaging, construction, transportation, equipment, furnishings, clothing, and other vital applications. Providing the conditions are right, they can (and should) play a key role in Europe’s circular economy. RecyClass, an online platform by Plastics...
Danish initiative looks at chemicals that could prevent recycling of products
14/07/2016
Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published at the end of March 2016 the results of a study to define a methodology for identifying whether hazardous chemicals in products make it difficult to recycle those products (Kemiske stoffer i forbrugerprodukter, der kan hindre genanvendelse...
Steps taken to eliminate barriers to the circular economy
31/03/2016
Two new initiatives, from the European Commission and the Dutch government respectively, aim to eliminate legal barriers that hold up the cross-border trade in raw materials obtained from waste, and illustrate the benefits for the circular economy of cooperation between regulators. This is in line...
Luxembourgish town to pilot circular economy
08/12/2015
The town of Wiltz in northern Luxembourg has been designated a circular economy testbed as part of a government of Luxembourg initiative to promote environmental and economic sustainability. The initiative in Wiltz follows on from the December 2014 publication by the Luxembourg Economy Ministry of...
Organic farming goes in circles  
27/01/2014
A Slovakian eco-entrepreneur wants to promote outside his home country a system for the mechanical cultivation of agricultural soils that can work entirely without oil as an energy input. Soil cultivation is generally done using heavy machinery such as tractors. While these have greatly...