Greenlab program for green business in Brussels

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Eco Design, Eco Production, Paper, Metal, Glass, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Plastic, Communication and Education, Energy, Water, EEE, Product Service Systems, Land use, Wood, Biodiversity, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: (Brussels Agency for Business Support)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)


Greenlab (previously BSE Academy) has been created to develop the circular economy in the Brussels-Capital Region and create sustainable jobs. It is an “accelerator programme” for projects covering various areas in circular economy such as upcycling, renewable energy, economy of service functionality, sustainable food and many others with a focus on projects that have a technological component. takes care of the academy’s day-to-day running: over a six-month period, around 15 business start-ups (of 1-4 people with complementary profiles) receive guidance and support from itself and various experts and coaches. The aim of greenlab is to ensure that by the end of the programme those start-ups have a pilot project tested as well as a business plan and a financial plan in place.

By-products exchange platform in Catalonia

Categories: Construction Material, Biogenic fraction, Paper, Metal, Glass, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Energy, Plastic, EEE, Water, Wood, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other bulky items, Other Fractions

Organisation: Agència de Residus de Catalunya (Waste Agency of Catalonia)

Main partners:

Localisation: Catalonia (Spain) (provides service to companies all over Spain)


In 1991 the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Waste Agency and the Catalan Chambers was signed, and since then subsequent agreements have been in place to provide the By-product Exchange service with the support of the public administration.

Scotland strategy for circular economy

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Design, Biogenic fraction, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Instruments, Business models, Paper, Eco Production, Legal, Economic, Eco Consumption, Metal, Glass, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Waste Prevention, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Communication and Education, Plastic, Recycling, EEE, Product Service Systems, Wood, Land use, Other bulky items, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Collaborative Economy, Other Fractions

Organisation: 1) The Scottish Government; 2)Zero Waste Scotland

Main partners:

Scottish Government agencies including

Financial support of:

  • European Regional Development funds

Localisation: Scotland (UK)


Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) was a programme set up in 2010 to support the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. In 2014, ZWS became an independent not-for-profit company, funded by the Scottish Government to deliver circular economy and low carbon policy priorities. Scotland has realised the benefits of being a frontrunner in waste reduction and the government has consistently supported local authorities to drive up recycling rates. This ambition for a Zero Waste society evolved into strong support for a Circular Economy.

Circular procurement of furniture in Venlo

Categories: Legal, Eco Consumption, Economic, Metal, Glass, Waste Prevention, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Recycling, Wood

Tags: procurement

Organisation: City of Venlo (The Netherlands)

Localisation: Venlo (Netherlands)


After discarding rehabilitation of the old city hall building as an option due to the bad technical condition of the building and high maintenance costs, the city of Venlo decided to demolish the old building and erect a new city hall that would satisfy the current needs of accessibility and functionality, while delivering at the same time a positive contribution to the town, the staff, the environment and the economy. A design and build competition was launched in 2009, in which designers were asked to present their vision of a sustainable building, making sure to include the use of appropriate safe and healthy materials which can be recycled after their lifetime.This brief focuses on the tender process of the office furniture.