Amsterdam Strategy for Circular Economy

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

Organisation: Amsterdam Municipality

Main partners:

With the support of:

With the financial support of:

Localisation: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Summary

The Municipality of Amsterdam has released several documents on their strategy for working towards a circular economy. This strategy includes innovative business models, awareness raising activities and resource management projects. This factsheet gives a brief summary and insight into some of these documents and the partner associations working to enact these strategies.

Integrated waste management in Treviso

Categories: Instruments, Eco Production, Legal, Economic, Waste Prevention, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Energy, Communication and Education, Recycling

Organisation: Contarina (public waste management company)

Main partners:

  • Social Cooperatives

Localisation: 50 municipalities within the province of Treviso, in the Veneto region (Italy)

Summary

The Contarina company was created in 1989 to manage waste collection for an increasing number of municipalities (today 50 municipalities) in the province of Treviso. Since 2015, Contarina has also been in charge of the post-mortem landfills after a 2000 decision by the Province of Treviso to close landfills. All this was done according to the systems and directions established by the Priula and Treviso consortia (to become the Consorzio de Bacino Priula in 2014). Subsequently, Contarina’s mandate expanded to include services such as road sweeping and the collection of special and hazardous waste, in addition to the collection and disposal of urban waste. Contarina’s success is based on a curbside collection system with a “pay as you throw” fee: a model that has been thoroughly tried and tested.

Scotland strategy for circular economy

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

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)

Summary

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.

Using LCA and CO2 performance for procurement in the Netherlands

Categories: Legal, Eco Consumption, Economic, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Energy

Tags: procurement

Organisation: Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

Localisation: The Netherlands

Summary

In 2010, the Dutch House of Commons decided that all public authorities in the Netherlands must implement 100% sustainable procurement as of 2015, which constitutes the inclusion of green criteria in all tenders. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is the Department of Public Works within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. RWS aims to use green public procurement to challenge and encourage contractors and suppliers to provide added value through the delivery of sustainable working practices, green materials, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

In order to achieve these objectives, RWS uses functional specifications for infrastructure projects, together with tools to gauge bidders’ commitments to reducing carbon emissions within projects and to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of the materials they propose to use. These commitments and impacts are monetised within the award phase of the tender and quoted prices are adjusted accordingly.