Walloon Region circular economy strategy

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

Organisation: 1) Société Régionale d'Investissement de Wallonie (public agency to finance businesses) 2) Agence pour l’Entreprise et l’Innovation (public agency for entrepreneurship and innovation) 3) Office Wallon des déchets (public agency for waste management)

Main partners:

  • Business Clusters (including Mécatech, Greenwin) coordinated by BE.Fin for the circular economy project.
  • The network of advisers for enterprises, brought together within Walloon structures known as “operators”.
  • RESSOURCES: a network of non-profit making companies involved in recovery and recycling in Wallonia and in Brussels. The sixty active members receive, collect, sort, repair, recycle and resell products to which they give again life (textile, cumbersome, electrical equipment and electronic, wood, bicycles, waste of construction, green wastes, services industrial or cartridges of printers).

Localisation: Wallonia (BE)


The Marshall Plan 4.0 (2015-2019) which follows the Marshall Plan 2.Green (2009-2014) is the economic redeployment program for Wallonia. It intend to refocus the priorities of this economic restructuring program around the digital economy and circular economy. The Marshall Plan 4.0 develops a transverse axis dedicated to the circular economy as part of the Competitiveness Cluster Policy, with a specific focus on SMEs, and in collaboration with relevant actors. This focuses on the joint use of material flows and energy.
Circular economy is also integrated throughout different plans and current policies, among which:
– Regional policy statement 2014–2019
– Walloon Smart Specialization Strategy
– 2nd Walloon Sustainable Development strategy (draft)

Reuse and preparing for reuse of construction material by Rotor

Categories: Construction Material, Technical and Research, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Industrial and Territorial Ecology

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)


On a practical level, Rotor, a collective of architects and engineers, handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops strategic advices on design, material resources, and waste through research, and reports, organising exhibitions and conferences. Since 2014, the spin-off Rotor Deconstruction has been launched, a company that organizes the dismantling and selling of reusable construction components coming from the insides of large-scale, modern buildings.

The Highland real nappy programme

Categories: Technical and Research, Communication and Education, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Other Fractions

Organisation: Highland Real Nappy Project (HNRP)

Localisation: Highland Council area (UK)


The Highland Real Nappy Project (HNRP) started in November 2001 and has built up a network of dedicated and experienced volunteers who promote the benefits of real nappy use across the Highland Council area.

Textiles waste prevention in North Wales

Categories: Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Other bulky items

Organisation: Cylch (Wales Community Recycling Network)

Localisation: North Wales (UK)


Cylch (Wales Community Recycling Network) is operating a pilot scheme in North Wales with the objective to reduce the amount of textiles going to landfill, and to ensure that communities benefit from textiles reuse and recycling.