Launched on 11 December 2018 by the European Commission, the Circular Plastics Alliance is a multi-stakeholder platform that held its first meeting on 5 February 2019.
This platform gathers stakeholders from each step of the plastics value chain with the aim to reduce plastics pollution and to promote recycling. Specifically, it wants to ensure that 10 million tons of recycled plastics find their way into new European products by 2025.
Responding to DG GROW’s invitation, Fernando Leite, ACR+’s Vice-president and CEO of ACR+ member LIPOR, participated in this first meeting with two key messages. First, he stressed the importance of a well-articulated legal framework, with high plastic recycling rate obligations, a minimum recycled plastic content obligation (at least for plastic bottles), and including the production phase/ eco-design with a ban on certain substances (following recent recommandations from ECHA) and items (following the Single Use Plastic Draft Directive).
Second, he emphasised the need to reconsider Deposit-Refund System as an appropriate instrument to fight against littering, to educate people and to secure a good-quality waste stream, an instrument that could be included into an existing EPR system.
ACR+ members are warmly invited to contact either LIPOR or the ACR+ Secretariat for more information or to express their interest in participating in the upcoming Circular Plastics Alliance meeting scheduled on 20 March 2019.

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FISSAC  partners British Glass and Glass Technology Services will be attending Futurebuild 2019 after being invited by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to exhibit in the “Innovation Zone”.
Together, they will discuss innovation in the construction sector, particularly the FISSAC model to put construction on the path to a circular economy.
As a key talking point, samples of eco-cement innovation will be on exhibit for people to see and touch.
The article on the British Glass website can be found here.
Details on the Futurebuild event can be found here.

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On 15 February 2019, the interview with Eric Dargent of REFARMERS was published on the DECISIVE project website. This interview took place during the international conference "The Role of Decentralised Biowaste Management in a Circular Economy".
 It presents REFARMER's role in the project as a demonstration site in Lyon, France for the project's outputs.
The full interview is available on DECISIVE website.

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On 15 February 2019, the EWWR project launched the 2019 edition of the Let’s Clean Up Europe! Campaign. Candidates can register their clean-up action until 4 May 2019.
The Let’s Clean Up Europe! Campaign is active throughout all European countries and beyond, and aims at stimulating the implementaiton of clean-up actions in order to raise awareness about the amount of waste produced and the importance of waste reduction. For more information contact the coordinator responsible for your country or region.
If there is no coordinator assigned to your country, you can still join the Let’s Clean-Up Europe! Campaign by registering your action here!
More information is available on the EWWR website.


ACR+ is organising a conference titled "Waste Management in Tourism. Does it even matter?" at the Balsamine Theatre in Brussels on 7 May 2019.  The culmination of the three-year-long URBAN-WASTE project, which includes our association among its 27 partners, the conference will summarise the outcomes of the project participants’ efforts to promote sustainable waste management in urban tourist destinations. You are encouraged to register early by clicking the link at the bottom of the page, as seating is limited.

In June 2016, a consortium of 27 partners launched “URBAN-WASTE” to promote sustainable waste management in urban tourist destinations. Funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme, the project has brought together key stakeholders along the waste management and tourism value chains to develop eco-innovative and gender-sensitive strategies in order to improve municipal waste management in 11 pilot cities and regions experiencing high inflows of tourists. Among them are ACR+ plus members ORDIF (the Paris Region Waste Observatory), the Municipality of Lisbon and the Region of Epirus

To wrap up the project, ACR+ is organising the final URBAN-WASTE conference titled "Waste Management in Tourism. Does it Even Matter?" at the Balsamine Theatre in Brussels on 7 May 2019. The event will be an opportunity to look back at the 11 participants' efforts, approaches, methodologies and the results that they achieved through the strategies developed and implemented during the project.

An impressive lineup of experts in and representatives of various subfields of tourism and the 11 participating cities and regions will discuss the results, outputs, figures and overall experiences through storytelling, interactive presentations and panel discussions. Keynote speakers and panelists will include Françoise Bonnet, ACR+'s Secretary General, Gudrun Obersteiner of BOKU University, Erik Louw of TU Delft, the Government of the Canary Islands, and facilitators from the European Commission.

The final conference "Waste Management in Tourism. Does it Even Matter?" will be the most comprehensive public discussion of the results of the URBAN-WASTE project and of possible ways forward for municipal waste management. Prepare to hear about the experience of cities and regions as diverse as Nicosia, Ponta Delgada, Copenhagen and Tenerife.


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