Nord-Pas de Calais – Third Industrial Revolution Master Plan

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

Organisation: 1) - Nord-Pas de Calais Region; 2) Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Nord de France Region

Main partners:

  • World Forum Lille – Responsible Economy
  • Nord (“department” – lower administrative regional authority)
  • Pas de Calais (“department” – lower administrative regional authority)
  • Arras (“urban community”)
  • Dunkerque – Grand Littoral (“urban community”)
  • Lille (metropolitan area)
  • European Regional Development Fund in Nord-Pas de Calais

Localisation: Nord-Pas de Calais (FR)


The Master Plan is a strategic document conducted by Jeremy Rifkin and his team to lead the Nord-Pas de Calais Region towards the Third Industrial Revolution. Taking into account the regional specificities, it contains advices about the appropriate policies to apply.

Flanders’ Materials Programme

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

Organisation: 1) Government of Flanders; 2) Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM – coordinator of the Flanders’ Materials Programme)

Main partners:

  • Plan C (Flemish transition network for sustainable materials management)
  • SuMMa (Policy Research Centre on Sustainable Materials Management)
  • EWI (Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government)
  • AIO (Innovation & Enterprise Flanders)
  • KB (Public Governance Flanders)
  • FEBEM (Federation of Environmental Companies)
  • Vlaamse Confederatie Bouw (Flemish Construction Federation)
  • essenscia (Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries)
  • Agoria (sectoral federation for the  technology industry)
  • VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research)
  • KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Bond Beter Leefmilieu (Federation of Flemish environmental associations)

Localisation: Flanders (BE)


The Flanders’ Materials Programme brings together the Flemish government, industry, university & research centres, and civil society in order to achieve Flanders’ transition to a circular economy and sustainable materials management.

No-advertisement sticker with legal backing

Categories: Paper, Legal, Waste Prevention, Technical and Research

Organisation: Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM)

Localisation: Brussels Capital Region (Belgium)


Since 1999, a sticker is available for the mailbox of Brussels residents by which they can choose not to receive unaddressed advertisements and/or free newspapers. The sticker received legal backing through a regional decree, which entitles individuals to file a complaint if they receive unwanted advertising and/or newspapers in their mailbox despite having placed the sticker.

Maryland ban on disposal of yard trimmings

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Legal, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Montgomery County (USA)

Localisation: Montgomery County, Maryland (USA)


The Montgomery County DEP launched its yard trimmings source reduction program over a 2-year period (1994 to 1995), during which it targeted 180,000 single family homes, 250 landscape and lawn service companies, 30,000 multifamily and commercial property managers, conservation groups, homeowner associations, garden clubs, nature centres, public gardens, and nurseries.