The Circularity Gap Report 2023
Circle Economy, in collaboration with Deloitte Netherlands, has published today the Circularity Gap Report 2023 and the result is not pleasant. Due to rising material extraction and use the global situation is getting worse.
The global circular economy is shrinking from 9.1% in 2018 to 8.6% in 2020 and 2023 the global economy is now only 7.2% circular. To improve the situation the population must need to reduce global material extraction and consumption by 30%. It can be achieved if we use less, use longer, regenerate and use again.
Read the full report here.
Separate collection rates for plastic packaging in Austria
According to the EU Circular Economy Package, recycling of plastic packaging waste (PPW) has to be enhanced significantly by 2025 and 2023. Dieter Schuch, together with Jakob Lederer, Johann Fellner and Christoph Scharff, published a paper about separate collection rates for plastic packaging in Austria taking collection systems and urbanization into account. The separate collection of PPW was analyzed within Austria, where a variety of collection prodecures are implemented. The highest performance was achieved in systems covering mainly rural areas where all plastic packaging waste is collected via curbside collection, whereas the lowest rate was recorded in urban areas.
For more information read the full article here: https://authors.elsevier.com/sd/article/S0956-053X(22)00468-8
New post in our Factbook!
Prof. H. Rechberger, together with C. Roithner and O. Cencic, from TU Wien, Institute for Water Quality and Resource Management, has written a paper on the topic of a novel indicator for the recyclability of products. The recyclability of a product depends on three spheres: 1) the product itself with its material composition, 2) the waste management system and 3) the national economy. All three spheres must be considered for a product as a whole in order to be assessed as recyclable.
For the transition to a circular economy, products should be designed in a way that allows extensive material recovery and easy disassembly.
Read more in our Factbook.
(2.8 A novel recyclability indicator for products).
Encouraged by the EU Commission’s Circular Economy Package (CEP)
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