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June 2018


Landbell Group at Resourcing the Future 2018
Landbell Group prepares customers for the VerpackG

Interview with Sabrina Zanin, Global Key Account Manager

Germany: Zentrale Stelle ready to enforce the new Packaging Law

Germany: Government plans to revise Battery Law

Rwanda: East African regional e-waste workshop
Nigeria: 60,000 tonnes of used EEE and WEEE imported annually
Bangladesh: Final draft of proposed rules on e-waste management published
UK: Amendments to the WEEE regulations
France: Extended scope and tighter controls for B2B producer compliance schemes

EU: Circular Economy Package enters into force
Australia: All packaging to be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025
EU: Measures to reduce single-use plastics

EU: Final REACH registration deadline
USA: Amended Toxic Substances Control Act

New web portal for managing customer take-back 
FLEX deployed in Canada
Landbell Group participates in CarE-Service

BIR Report: “Statistics on the national arisings of e-scrap and the movement of e-scrap between countries”

Finalist of the Green Alley Award 2017: Solmove 

Globetrotting upcycling exhibition at the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC)
How sustainability is changing the way restaurants do business


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Landbell Group at Resourcing the Future 2018  

Resourcing the Future is one of the most important events in the UK’s recycling and resource industry calendar. The event is attended by leading stakeholders in the waste and resource management industry, as well as key representatives from local and central government.

This year’s conference, sponsored by European Recycling Platform, was set against the backdrop of the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs’ 25 Year Environment Plan, as well as the forthcoming Resources and Waste Strategy.

Arne Campen, compliance manager at Landbell Group, contributed to one of the sessions, “Rolling out extended producer responsibility to challenging waste streams including tyres and mattresses, and learning from abroad”. Arne shared his considerable experience to discuss “Shaping new EPR schemes: lessons learned from WEEE, batteries, and packaging”.  
Event website

Landbell Group prepares customers for the VerpackG  

Germany’s new Packaging Law, VerpackG, comes into effect on 1st January 2019. The feedback so far suggests that many manufacturers and distributors are still confused by the new regulations and targets that the law has established.

In order to make these changes more understandable for customers, Landbell Group offered a free webinar explaining the framework. The 40-minute, German-language webinar explored the following topics:
  • the aim of the Packaging Law;
  • the Zentrale Stelle (the newly-formed national authority tasked with enforcing the Packaging Law) and its tasks;
  • changes for manufacturers and distributors; and
  • further differences between the Packaging Law and its predecessor, the Packaging Ordinance.

Please contact us for further advice or support.

Interview with Sabrina Zanin, Global Key Account Manager, Landbell Group

What’s your job at Landbell Group, Ms Zanin? 
As Global Key Account Manager, I focus on building strong relationships with our strategic customers. Landbell Group delivers a wide range of environmental compliance services for our customers. We mainly manage services related to waste management and the circular economy with a focus on the end-of-life of products sold by our customers. All these services are not part of our customers’ core business and competences and so we help them make more of their time and resources. As a key account manager (KAM), I am a key interface between the customer and all the relevant divisions of Landbell Group. I like to think that, within my company, I act on the customer’s behalf and represent them in any negotiations when we are developing solutions to meet their needs.

What are your most important tasks and challenges?
One of the big challenges, and advantages, is the opportunity to develop relationships with professionals from all organizational levels both at our customers and internally. The main focus of my activity is on growing and developing existing clients, as well as generating new business.
In my job, it’s important to identify customers’ needs and requirements and to promote our company’s solutions to achieve mutual satisfaction. I believe that if I do my job well, then a trusting relationship will develop. A KAM should resolve any issues and problems faced by customers and deal with complaints to maintain trust. Any challenges with key customers always represents an opportunity to improve and strengthen the relationship. A satisfied customer is a loyal customer and we can then start to build a long-term relationship.

How did you come to work at Landbell Group?
I graduated with a degree in chemistry and started my professional career as a data analyst for a company manufacturing air quality monitoring systems. I quickly moved into sales and enjoyed the chance to build close relationships with several customers. Since that role, I have always worked in the sales departments of companies that have a strong focus on environmental services. For five years, I worked in the environment department of SGS, one of the world's leading inspection, verification, testing and certification companies. This combination of sales and technical skills has always driven my career.
In 2012, European Recycling Platform offered me the opportunity to join their group as European Sales Manager. I found the challenge of working for a pan-European organization to be a fantastic opportunity. Now that ERP has joined Landbell Group, my role is global. I work in a very multi-cultural environment and I love it! It is an amazing experience working with colleagues and customers from different countries and with different professional and cultural approaches.

What do you do for the environment in your private life?
I’m very careful about sorting my waste at home. Learning how and why waste is recycled helps you to recycle more and I pass on my knowledge to family and friends!
I never print unless it’s necessary and switch off anything that uses electricity when not in use. I also try to save water by only running my dishwasher or washing machine when they’re completely full and I turn off the tap when brushing my teeth. I believe that all of us can help just by changing our daily habits. Once you make your own lifestyle more sustainable, you can then encourage others to do the same.

Germany: Zentrale Stelle ready to enforce the new Packaging Law

Germany’s Stiftung Zentrale Stelle Verpackungsregister (ZSVR) – the newly-formed national authority tasked with enforcing the Packaging Law – is confident that it will be up-and-running when the new law comes into effect on 1st January 2019.

The ZSVR will use a registration portal called LUCID to underpin its operations. The basic programming of the registration portal is almost complete, with some fine-tuning and internal and external testing to follow in the coming months.

The ZSVR has expanded significantly. Currently it has 30 members of staff and is still looking to grow its legal, IT and communications departments, as well as its telephone support, in time for next year’s roll-out.  

Read more in the ZSVR’s most recent newsletter (German only)

Germany: Government plans to revise Battery Law

Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment is working on a policy paper to revise the Battery Law. The text of the paper is not yet definitive, but contains aims such as:

  • ensuring nationwide collection of batteries and increasing competition in the take-back market;
  • converting the Stiftung Gemeinsames Rücknahmesystem Batterien (GRS) into a “safety net” take-back system that will collect batteries from pick-up points that are not covered by manufacturers’ own take-back operations;
  • empowering the GRS to coordinate joint tasks such as communications and R&D for producer compliance schemes; and
  • asking battery manufacturers to register with the Stiftung Elektro-Altgeräte-Register (EAR) for WEEE before putting batteries on the market to improve interaction since most producers are familiar with the EAR process.
There are general concerns about the special role of GRS and also concerns that the new setup might result in a complicated process with increased costs for producers and consumers. Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform (ERP), which operates a battery producer compliance scheme in Germany, generally welcomes the revision as it will factor in market changes to provide a level playing field. Consequently, ERP is working closely with the Ministry for the Environment to ensure a well-balanced revision of the law for all stakeholders and the environment. ERP is also contributing its experience of other markets and waste streams to the discussion process.

Rwanda: East African regional e-waste workshop

Rwanda’s capital city of Kigali played host to an East African regional workshop on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). The workshop focused on developing strategies to cut down the negative impact of e-waste in East African Communications Organisation (EACO) member states, with the goal of reaching zero negative impact by 2030. The event featured a wide range of participants, from policymakers and environmental experts to telecommunication companies from Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, and Burundi.  

The event was held to promote multi-stakeholder collaboration and to find sustainable solutions for the reduction and disposal of WEEE in East African nations. It follows a $1.5 million investment by the Rwandan government in an e-waste management and dismantling facility just outside of Kigali.

Nigeria: 60,000 tonnes of used EEE and WEEE imported annually

A two-year study in Nigeria by the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for the Africa Region (BCCC Africa) and the Sustainable Cycles (SCYCLE) programme of the United Nations University (UNU) has shown that approximately 60,000 tonnes of used electrical and electronic equipment were shipped to Nigeria in each of the last two years, with a majority coming from European Union ports. At least 15,400 tonnes of the 60,000 tonnes was initially deemed unusable, although actual figures could turn out to be much higher.

The study found that close to 70% of the e-waste arrived inside cars which are shipped to Nigeria to be sold on the second-hand market. While the importing and sale of used electronics can be quite profitable in Nigeria, the importing of non-functional electronic waste is prohibited under both the Basel Convention as well as the EU’s Waste Shipment Regulation. The study also revealed that none of the illegal shipments resulted in sanctions for the importers or exporters involved, pointing to a glaring hole in the enforcement of these international directives.

The Director of UNU’s SCYCLE programme, Ruediger Kuehr, points to standardised functionality tests accepted by both exporting and importing countries, and universally recognised test certificates, as the logical next steps to stopping this problem in the future.

Bangladesh: Final draft of proposed rules on e-waste management published

The Bangladeshi Department of Environment has drafted comprehensive new legislation on the disposal of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE). As the country undergoes rapid digitalisation, the problem of e-waste recycling and disposal is growing.

Bangladesh has decided to tackle the problem from a unique angle, focusing on highlighting the potential monetary gains from the proper recycling of precious metals and other components used in the production of electronic goods.

The proposed legislation will lead to the government inspecting companies’ e-waste before giving them the green light to sell it to licensed recycling companies. Under the proposed system, Bangladesh not only sees e-waste as an environmental issue, but also a lucrative industry if allowed to grow to its full potential. 

UK: Amendments to the WEEE regulations

In May, the UK Government published its response to the WEEE Open Scope consultation, outlining how the UK will implement Open Scope from 1st January 2019. The government will also take this opportunity to make further amendments to the WEEE regulations in the UK.

One of the most significant changes is the decision to implement a mandatory Producer Balancing System (PBS) to replace the optional programme which is already adhered to by a majority of producer compliance schemes (PCS). Under this scheme, PCSs will be required to be part of a scheme to ensure that the costs of collecting WEEE when requested by local authorities are shared amongst all PCSs.

The UK Government will now issue a consultation on the mandatory PBS before it comes into effect in 2019. The UK government also opted to maintain the current 14-category system of EEE classification and reporting, and will bring amending legislation into force with effect from 1st January 2019. The UK will introduce protocols so that it fulfils its obligations under the WEEE Directive to report in six categories to the European Commission.

Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform, recently updated its Open Scope summary for producers, which includes the status of transposition in each Member State. Please visit the ERP website if you want to know when certain countries will introduce the Open Scope requirements of the WEEE Directive or how they will move to six categories.

Find out more

France: Extended scope and tighter controls for B2B producer compliance schemes

A new French decree amends the approvals of B2B producer compliance schemes, and sets collection targets for printer cartridges and similar categories of waste from August 2018. It also makes it significantly more difficult to count B2B medical equipment exported for re-use towards the collection target. The decree specifically includes printer cartridges (ink or toner) within the scope of extended producer responsibility for professional waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE).

The decree sets the following collection targets: 23% for 2018; 43% for 2019; 55% for 2020; and 65% for 2021. It also introduces a different method for calculating the collection rate to that applied for the other 13 categories of professional WEEE. The collection rate in a specific year is calculated according to the quantity of printer cartridges put on the market that year, and not on the basis of products put on the market during the last three years, as it is for other WEEE.

EU: Circular Economy Package enters into force

The Council of the European Union has officially adopted the Circular Economy Package. The Member States gave the final green light after the European Parliament voted in favour of the package in April. The revised Directives, most prominently the Waste Framework Directive were published in the EU Official Journal on 14th June 2018. Member States will now introduce the necessary laws, regulations and administrative provisions to comply with the Directive by 5th July 2020.  

The new legislation includes increased recycling targets as well as new requirements for extended producer responsibility. According to the EU, the new rules represent the most ambitious regulations of their kind in the world, positioning Europe as a world leader in waste reduction and recycling.

Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform, contributed to the development of the amended laws and is in continuous dialogue with the European Commission which has to draft approximately 60 implementation documents such as guidelines and Q&As.

Australia: All packaging to be 100% recyclable, reusable or compostable by 2025

Australia has taken a progressive step towards solving a looming environmental problem. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced that, by 2025, 100% of packaging produced and used in Australia will be recyclable, reusable or compostable. This comes on the heels of China banning the importation of material from 100 countries, Australia included. With the realisation that the country’s external waste disposal options were dwindling, Australia has taken decisive action to produce less waste.

This move also comes alongside an agreement by Australian industries to voluntarily reduce their use of microbeads, which have been shown to be especially detrimental to marine life and ecosystems. Along with the phasing out of plastic bags by regional governments, these new initiatives signal a strong push by Australia to take a leadership role when it comes to recycling and the reduction of waste.  

EU: Measures to reduce single-use plastics

The European Commission recently released a new legislative proposal as a first measure towards combatting single-use plastics under the EU Plastics Strategy. The proposal aims to reduce marine litter and to prevent plastic waste from leaking into the environment.

The Commission is planning to restrict the use of certain single-use plastic products like straws and cutlery, for which there are already more sustainable alternatives. For other single-use plastic products like cigarettes and fishing gear, Member States should introduce extended producer responsibility schemes. Other proposed measures include awareness raising campaigns, labelling requirements, and a minimum collection target of 90% by 2025 for single-use beverage containers.

Next up, the European Parliament will discuss the Commission’s proposal, which needs the formal approval of both Parliament and Council before it can enter into force. The legislative procedure must be completed before elections next May.

Reactions to the European Commission’s plans on single-use plastics vary across industry: while for environmental associations, the plans don’t go far enough, resistance is expected from trade associations. Landbell Group will participate in the stakeholder consultation and contribute its experience of managing several waste streams, which include some single-use plastic items covered by the draft Directive.

EU: Final REACH registration deadline  

Ten years of REACH registrations ended with the final registration deadline on 31st May 2018. This deadline requires any chemical substance placed on the EU market in excess of 1,000 kg per year to be registered. Failure to do so restricts the ability to sell onto the EU market after this date.

As of 28th May, the total number of substances registered between 2010 and 2018 is just over 20,000, which is significantly less than the forecast amount of approximately 30,000 substances. Joint Registration costs vary widely, but are on average €30,000 each, so it is a significant investment for a company to make per substance.

Landbell Group company, H2 Compliance, has already helped over 200 companies fulfil their REACH obligations across 6 continents.

More info here (ECHA)
More info here (H2Compliance)

USA: Amended Toxic Substances Control Act  

The amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) requires the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to designate chemical substances on the TSCA Chemical Substance Inventory as either “Active” or “Inactive”. Recently, the EPA published an updated TSCA Active inventory with the results from the first wave of reporting by manufacturers and importers. Next up, the second round of notifications will begin.

Processors have until 5th October 2018 to notify the EPA of any substances that they use which are not already notified. Once the TSCA inventory “reset” is finalised, it will be illegal to manufacture, import or use chemicals designated as “inactive” on the inventory. It is therefore critical to businesses that all of the chemical substances in commerce in the US are on the “active” TSCA inventory.

Companies may also be asked by US customers for information on proprietary products and this can be supplied to the EPA through a confidential notification process. In the future, a notification within 90 days of manufacture, import or use will be required to re-activate inactive substances.

Please contact H2 Compliance for support

New web portal for managing customer take-back

A major electronics manufacturer selected Landbell Group company, Prodigentia, to develop a new web portal for managing individual customer take-back requests. This solution replaces an old web portal, and provides several additional features, including a back office for the program manager and manufacturer’s suppliers to manage orders, as well as an automated quote generator.

The new portal is already deployed in the EMEA region and now, due to its success, will be extended to other regions. This tool is a valuable contribution to the digital circular economy and will help the manufacturer to improve the management of its resources.

Visit Prodigentia website

FLEX deployed in Canada

A major recycling association in North America has chosen Flex to replace their legacy operations management solution. The association chose Flex because of the ease of adaptation to its requirements, the reduced total cost of ownership, and their experience using Prodex, which was first implemented back in 2012.

Flex and Prodex are software tools developed and maintained by Landbell Group company, Prodigentia. They provide green enterprise resource planning for the various organisations involved in compliance and resource management. The association chose Flex to strengthen its capacity to play a central role in the North American circular economy.

Visit Prodigentia website

Landbell Group participates in CarE-Service

Landbell Group company, Prodigentia, has been selected to participate in CarE-Service, an international project which has received an EU grant under the Horizon 2020 programme. Prodigentia will develop the ICT platform for CarE-Service. The precise functionality of the platform will be defined during the design phase, but will include features such as a searchable inventory of available car parts.

The general goal of CarE-Service is to demonstrate the large-scale feasibility of innovative circular business models applied to electric vehicles and heavy electric vehicles, and to offer new, highly-customized and performance-based mobility services for European citizens.

Such services and business models will affect customers’ behaviour and drastically shift the current EV value chain further towards sustainability. The CarE-Service consortium is made up of 15 participants from all over Europe, including Fiat Chrysler (Italy), Fraunhofer Institute (Germany) and Envirobat (Spain).

Visit Prodigentia website

BIR Report: “Statistics on the national arisings of e-scrap and the movement of e-scrap between countries”

Commissioned by the Bureau of International Recycling (BIR), experts from the Harokopio University of Athens presented the report, “Statistics on the national arisings of e-scrap and the movement of e-scrap between countries” at the recycling organisation’s convention in Barcelona in May. The report looks at data from 180 countries and predicts a global increase in e-waste of 20% over the period 2016 to 2025, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, where growth is forecast to rise from 15.9 million tonnes of WEEE in 2016 to 23.7 million tonnes by 2025.

The “Global E-Waste Monitor 2017” report by the United Nations University (UNU) also reached the same findings. It describes an increase in e-waste to 44.7 million tonnes in 2016 – and a recycling rate of only 20%. One of the main reasons for the rising amount of electrical waste is cheaper prices, which make it possible for more people to buy devices like mobile phones and computer goods.

Another issue highlighted by the report is the lack of data on e-waste: only 41 countries record how much waste is generated and recycled. To fill this gap, the International Telecommunication Union, the International Solid Waste Association, and UNU launched the “Global Partnership for E-Waste Statistics” in January 2017.

More information here

Finalist of the Green Alley Award 2017: Solmove 

Solmove captures the sun’s energy in solar modules. If that doesn’t sound like anything new – photovoltaics is a mature technology – Solmove founder Donald Müller-Judex has pioneered an innovative new approach. Instead of focusing on roofs, the company installs solar modules on streets, sidewalks or plazas to generate clean energy. This has several advantages: the products “Volt Street” and “Solwalk” can be connected to roads by a simple “plug-and-play” system or laid in the entrances to houses and connected directly to the mains. This means any existing areas can be used for energy production.

An innovative, stable glass surface makes the solar modules robust and much more durable than conventional roads, which require constant maintenance and around €9 to €12 billion a year in repairs. They also offer another benefit: electric cars can be charged inductively while driving along the solar roads, giving them a longer range.

The business idea of ​​accelerating energy transition and supporting e-mobility is a step toward a more circular economy too. The transition to an economy that uses natural resources in closed cycles for as long as possible can only succeed when energy comes from renewable resources.

Last year, Solmove was a finalist in Landbell Group’s Green Alley Awards, Europe’s first startup prize focused specifically on the circular economy. Across the world, interest in the roads of the future is on the rise. In Erftstadt, near Cologne, Solmove is working on the first 100-metre test track for a solar cycle path, and the startup has demonstrated the benefits of its solution in the city of Jinan, south of Beijing, by building a 1-kilometre-long solar road.

To the Green Alley Award

Globetrotting upcycling exhibition at the Thailand Creative and Design Centre (TCDC)

The German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations first put on its show “Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgrade!” in Hamburg in 2017. This year it is touring the world and will be in Bangkok, Thailand until 22nd July.

All the exhibits are created out of used objects, such as handbags made from old videocassette tape or chairs from the rotating drums of washing machines.  

Read more on the event here

How sustainability is changing the way restaurants do business  

Rapidly changing consumer attitudes are forcing restaurants to take action and re-evaluate their sustainability. More and more customers are concerned with ensuring that the places where they dine share their values and desire to protect the environment. Restaurant chains such as McDonalds and Red Lobster have already implemented strategies to cut down on food and packaging waste, and to source more sustainable ingredients.

This shift in thinking is not only influenced by customers, but also by new guidelines from municipalities to ban certain types of packaging materials. Moving to either multi-use or recyclable take-away containers allows customers to enjoy their meal without the guilt of throwing away the packaging afterwards.

Sustainability can also help the restaurants’ bottom line, as many wasteful practices are eliminated.

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