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March 2020

CONTENT

NEWS FROM LANDBELL GROUP
Interview with Alberto Canni Ferrari in Italia Oggi
Landbell Group to develop an EPR scheme for packaging waste in Egypt
Landbell Group presents at Technology and Environment conference in Fuerth

WHO'S WHO AT LANDBELL GROUP
Interview with Wojciech Swietochowski, Head of Global Sales
 
TAKE-BACK
EU publishes national WEEE collection results for 2017
German government releases draft revision of the battery law

Focus on... France

CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Further details on the New Circular Economy Action Plan
European Commission publishes its 2020 Work Programme
German government transposes new waste framework directive


CHEMICAL CONTROL
New regulation classifying titanium dioxide as a carcinogen
New substances added to Annex XIV
ECHA SCIP database – test phase with final database to be launched later this year

SOFTWARE AND TECH
Financial support for electric car recycling research project

NEW STUDIES AND REPORTS
New Bavarian guidelines aim for more reuse and recycling of e-waste

INNOVATIONS AND FORERUNNERS
2020 Green Alley Award application phase opens on 10th March

EVENTS


Interview with Alberto Canni Ferrari in Italia Oggi

On 8th February 2020, Alberto Canni Ferrari, who heads up Landbell Group’s partner in Italy, Consorzio ERP Italia, appeared in an interview in the daily newspaper, Italia Oggi. In the interview, Mr Canni Ferrari emphasised the importance of developing the correct recycling culture to recover precious materials from WEEE.

Mr Canni Ferrari also proposed that countries like Italy, which have a scarcity of raw materials, could look to exploit urban mines: “Urban mines contain enormous quantities of WEEE, which are not adequately exploited, and which could contain extremely precious deposits of secondary raw materials. By recycling these materials, we could reduce the energy used and the greenhouse gases emitted during the extraction of primary materials by about 80%."

Mr Canni Ferrari explained his company’s role in the recycling process: “Consorzio ERP Italia is a non-profit consortium which fulfils the legal obligations of many manufacturers for the recycling of electrical and electronic equipment, batteries and accumulators. We work to bring concrete benefits to the environment, and to improve the economic sustainability of takeback and recycling, so that we can contribute to the circular economy, a sector of growing employment. We also offer advice to companies that want to make the most of their resources and therefore focus on the circular economy.”

Read the full article in Italian here.


Landbell Group to develop an EPR scheme for packaging waste in Egypt

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, the German international development cooperation, has contracted Landbell Group and its partner Black Forest Solutions to develop an EPR scheme for packaging waste in Egypt.

Landbell Group and Black Forest Solutions will develop an EPR scheme for packaging waste following the best practices of European Union Member States, adapting these to local conditions in Egypt. The aim is to establish the institutional set-up for an EPR scheme for packaging waste under the draft waste framework law, with respect to the roles and responsibilities of both the public and private stakeholders, the required local infrastructure, and a roadmap for implementing the EPR scheme in a pilot area (a set tourist area along the Red Sea), as well as a plan for expanding the EPR scheme nationally.

Landbell Group will contribute its international experience operating EPR schemes for packaging, as well as WEEE and batteries, in many countries.

For more information on this issue, please contact us.

Landbell Group presents at Technology and Environment conference in Fuerth

Landbell Group’s head of market intelligence and governmental affairs, Thomas Fischer, presented on “EU policies on the Circular Economy” at the German Photographic Industry Association’s Technology and Environment conference on 19th February. The two-day event in Fuerth had a strong focus on sustainability, bringing together a number of industry professionals to discuss the latest developments in the sector. Topics covered included recycling, legal guidelines, substance reports to the ECHA database, SCIP, and upcoming changes to the German battery law.

Landbell Group’s latest white paper, “Innovative and sustainable: Transitioning Europe towards a circular economy”, offers a number of concrete recommendations to help develop the circular economy across the continent.

Read the white paper here.
For more information, visit the conference website.

Interview with Wojciech Swietochowski, Head of Global Sales

What’s your job at Landbell Group?
As Head of Global Sales, I am responsible for the overall sales of our group, in particular for the strategic orientation and the implementation of our sales goals. Our sales organisation is characterised by both a strong local and international presence. I see myself as the link and motivator to make sure that we exploit our full potential. Focusing on customer needs and related services is my main task, but this is only possible with the support of the entire sales team.

What are your most important tasks and challenges?

Although we are an international group, Landbell Group is still relatively young: in 2020, we will be six years old. It is important to have good cooperation within the group and to effectively manage different sales processes in order to offer our customers the best possible service. Our customers appreciate our competence and agility. Environmental services are subject to constant change globally, and other challenges we face include meeting customer expectations, taking full advantage of our USPs, and ensuring sustainable growth for all the companies in the group.

How did you come to work for Landbell Group?

About two years ago, I made a conscious decision to join Landbell Group. I was really won over by the tasks and challenges ahead. Having gained extensive sales and technical experience working for well-known, international companies, I got the chance to work in this new, exciting and future-proof environment, which was very inspiring right from the beginning. The variety of tasks that I manage, together with the quality of people in my sales team, reminds me again and again that I made the right decision.

What do you do for the environment in your private life?

I have always been interested in environmental protection; this is why I chose to become an environmental engineer. I am passionate about waste separation and the careful use of our resources; I have also participated in many campaigns, such as Clean Mediterranean Sea in Sardinia. As a diver and qualified limnologist, the quality of our waters is particularly important to me. Furthermore, I go through life with open and sensitive eyes and try to convince others of my ideas.


EU publishes national WEEE collection results for 2017

Despite increasing public awareness, little progress seems to have been made in terms of collecting used electronic equipment in Europe. The latest collection volumes published by Eurostat show that all EU countries have either reached or just missed the collection targets. While that sounds promising, it must be viewed against the backdrop of increasing sales figures and the new collection target of 65% which is applicable from 2019.

Not all news was negative though: Estonia, Croatia and Bulgaria recorded collection figures of approximately 80%, well above the EU average of 48%. But, ultimately, progress in individual countries will do little good if it cannot be emulated on a larger scale.

Landbell Group believes that the following are key to achieving higher collection targets: changing consumer behaviour; ensuring all WEEE is captured via the official routes which report towards the collection targets; or including WEEE flows from outside producer responsibility schemes.

For more information, please refer to our white paper.
For more information on the data, visit the Eurostat website.

German government releases draft revision of the battery law

The German government has released a new draft for the planned amendment of the battery law. The aim of the amendment is to reform the collection of portable batteries and adapt it to changed market conditions.

The most important measure is the abolition of the “joint” take-back scheme, whose special statutory role in recent years has led to many problems and distortions of competition on the battery take-back market. In future, all take-back schemes are set to have the same legal rights and obligations. Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform (ERP) welcomes this measure as it would create a truly level playing field between the competing schemes.

However, a number of open questions still remain in the draft, which will have to be clarified in further negotiations. In particular, the planned calculation method for the collection rate seems to counteract the objective of fair competition, as it would systematically favour newly established take-back schemes.

The first key points for the amendment of the battery law were presented in the summer of 2018. However, these points still provided for the retention of the joint take-back scheme, which had meanwhile stopped its activities and re-entered the market as a producer compliance scheme in January 2020. The draft legislation now presented still has to be finally adopted by the Federal Cabinet, before it goes to the Bundestag for further discussion. ERP has already issued an official statement and will continue to engage in the upcoming legislative process.

For more information on this issue, please contact us.
ERP’s official statement on the German government’s draft revision of the battery law can be found here.

Focus on... France

On February 11, the Law on the Circular Economy and the Fight against Waste was published in France. The lengthy legal document amends several legislative acts, including the Environmental Code, and establishes a series of new obligations within the framework of extended producer responsibility (EPR).

The document sets an ambitious goal to recycle 77% of plastic bottles for beverages by 2025 and 90% by 2029. By 2023, 5% of packaging marketed in France must be reusable; while, by 2027, a 10% target must be achieved. All reusable packaging must also be recyclable.

In the coming years, new information obligations will apply to products subject to EPR. Producers will be obliged to inform consumers - by marking, labelling, display or other appropriate means - about the environmental qualities and characteristics of their products, including the use of recycled materials and renewable resources; their durability, repairability, recyclability and possibilities for reuse; and the presence of dangerous substances, precious metals or rare materials.

The list of products subject to EPR is also extended to cover items such as sporting and leisure equipment, toys, DIY and garden equipment, mineral or synthetic oils, and motor vehicles.


Further details on the New Circular Economy Action Plan

One of the most important projects of the new European Commission, and its President Ursula von der Leyen, the European Green Deal – which includes the New Circular Economy Action Plan – will be officially presented in March. New details of the plan have now become known.

The aim of the action plan is to transform the predominantly linear economic system of today into a circular economy by 2050, and contribute to making the European Union the first climate-neutral continent. This will be achieved by, among other things, higher requirements for the sustainability of products, increased waste prevention, and wider use of secondary raw materials.

The new details which have emerged include a revision of the Battery Directive, which is intended to increase the sustainability and competitiveness of the European battery industry and improve the collection and recycling of batteries. In addition, the waste shipment regulation will be amended to curb the illegal export of waste. For resource-intensive sectors such as construction or textiles, the European Commission intends to develop comprehensive strategies to improve circularity and it will also examine whether the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) can be extended to these and other sectors.

Landbell Group has already participated in a first consultation on the New Circular Economy Action Plan and will continue to contribute to its further development and later implementation. Please see link to previous article here.

For more information on this issue, please contact us.

European Commission publishes its 2020 Work Programme

The European Commission has published its 2020 Work Programme, which aims to deliver on the Green Deal and guide citizens through the digital transformation. The programme looks at the growing challenges posed by issues such as climate change, digitisation, and increasing migration, and offers solutions to better deal with their effects. In short, the work programme aims to improve opportunities for Europeans.

The ambitious programme, outlined in six headlines by Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, has an ultimate goal of kickstarting the transition to a fair, climate-neutral and digital Europe. The full list of 43 policy objectives under the six headline objectives can be downloaded from the European Commission’s website here.

For more information on this issue, please contact us.

German government transposes new waste framework directive

The German government has proposed an amendment to the national circular economy law in order to transpose the Waste Framework Directive and the Single-Use Plastics Directive, which was revised by the European Union in the summer of 2018. The aim of the amendment is to improve waste prevention and strengthen recycling.

According to the draft, producers and distributors of single-use plastic items such as coffee-to-go cups or cigarette butts will be required to co-finance the costs of cleaning up litter. Up to now, these costs have been covered by municipalities and citizens. In addition, the draft extends producer responsibility so that, in future, manufacturers and distributors will need to ensure that their products remain fit for use and do not become waste even when they are taken back or returned by the customer. With this measure, the German government wants to put a stop to the widespread disposal of returns. Another new aspect is to prioritise recycled products over new products in public procurement to boost demand for recycled materials.

The federal government has adopted the draft legislation, which now needs to be passed by the Bundestag.

For more information on this issue, please contact us.

New regulation classifying titanium dioxide as a carcinogen

The European Commission has published a new delegated regulation classifying titanium dioxide as a carcinogen. Although there were many attempts to overturn the controversial ruling, the regulation was finally published on 17th February 2020. As per European Union law, the regulation comes into effect 20 days after publication.

An 18-month grace period now begins, although substances and mixtures can already be classified, labelled and packaged in accordance with the new regulation on a voluntary basis.

For more information on this issue, please contact us.

New substances added to Annex XIV

The European Commission published an amendment to Annex XIV on 6th February 2020. Annex XIV, also known as the Authorisation List, now includes 54 Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC).

The Regulation, available here, entered into force on 26th February, 20 days after its publication in the Official Journal of the European Union.The Authorisation List now has 11 new entries with the following intrinsic properties: Toxic for reproduction (category 1B); Persistent, Bioaccumulative and Toxic (PBT); and/or very Persistent and very Bioaccumulative (vPvB).

If you are a manufacturer, importer or user of any substance on the Authorisation List, you must either: submit an Application for Authorisation to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) before the Latest Application Date; have your use covered by your supplier’s Application for Authorisation; or stop production, importation or use after the Sunset Date.

The respective substances and dates can be seen in the table below:

Substance nameCAS NumberLatest Application DateSunset Date
1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, dihexyl ester, branched and linear68515-50-427th Aug 202127th Feb 2023
Dihexyl Phthalate84-75-327th Aug 202127th Feb 2023
1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, di-C6-10-alkyl esters (CAS 68515-51-5); 1,2-benzenedicarboxylic acid, mixed decyl, hexyl and octyl diesters with ≥ 0.3% of dihexyl phthalate68648-93-127th Aug 202127th Feb 2023
Trixylyl Phosphate25155-23-127th Nov 202127th May 2023
Sodium perborate, Perboric acid, Sodium salt
27th Nov 202127th May 2023
Sodium Peroxometaborate
27th Nov 202127th May 2023
5-sec-butyl-2-(2,4-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [1], 5-sec-butyl-2-(4,6-dimethylcyclohex-3-en-1-yl)-5-methyl-1,3-dioxane [2] (covering any of the individual stereoisomers of [1] and [2] or any combination thereof)
27th Feb 202127th Aug 2023
2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4,6-ditertpentylphenol25973-55-127th May 202127th Nov 2023
2,4-di-tert-butyl-6-(5-chlorobenzotriazol-2-yl)phenol3864-99-127th May 202127th Nov 2023
2-(2H-benzotriazol-2-yl)-4-(tert-butyl)-6-(sec-butyl)phenol 36437-37-327th May 202127th Nov 2023
2-benzotriazol-2-yl-4,6-di-tert-butylphenol3846-71-727th May 202127th Nov 2023

For more information on this issue, please contact us.

ECHA SCIP database – test phase with final database to be launched later this year

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched a prototype SCIP database for companies to familiarise themselves with ahead of the launch of the final database later this year. SCIP is the database for information on Substances of Concern in articles as such or in complex objects (Products) established under the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). Companies will need to submit information to the database from January 2021 onwards. Users can submit test data and provide ECHA with feedback. All submitted test data will be deleted before the launch.

From 5th January 2021, companies placing articles onto the EU market will need to submit SCIP notifications to ECHA if the articles they place on the EU market contain substances of very high concern (SVHCs) in concentrations above 0.1% weight by weight. Companies will be able to submit data in late 2020 when the final database is launched. The aim is to promote the substitution of hazardous chemicals and the transition towards a safer, circular economy.

For further information, and for help meeting this requirement, please contact us.

Financial support for electric car recycling research project

The German state of Baden-Wuerttemberg is funding a new program tasked with dismantling batteries and engines from electric cars. The aim is to collect valuable materials and ensure maximum recyclability. The so-called DeMoBat dismantling factory will be located close to a number of large industrial companies. The research project is made up of 13 industrial, economic and scientific partners in the area.

The project hopes to decrease the need for raw materials and improve the economics of the electric mobility sector. Given the circular economy is a key goal of the European Union, projects such as DeMoBat will play an integral role in delivering on the continent’s circular ambitions.

For further information on the project (in German), visit this website.

New Bavarian guidelines aim for more reuse and recycling of e-waste

A new study commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of the Environment has uncovered the potential to reduce thousands of tonnes of WEEE in the German state. Scientists from the resource lab at the University of Augsburg have used their findings to provide actionable advice to help municipalities, waste management companies, district offices, engineering companies, recycling companies and recycling centres improve their waste management practices.

The study revealed that up to 25% of old devices can be reused. It pinpoints the collection process as the key area to focus on – stating that properly trained collection personnel can cut down on damaged goods, thereby improving the potential for reuse.

For further information on the guidelines (in German), visit this website.

2020 Green Alley Award application phase opens on 10th March

The Green Alley Award, the first European startup prize for the circular economy, is back for its seventh year. Once again, Landbell Group is looking for circular economy pioneers who want to put a stop to the linear economy with its “take, make, dispose” principle. The startups’ business ideas should provide a tangible solution to existing environmental challenges such as plastic pollution or the use of non-recyclable products.

The Green Alley Award application phase starts on 10th March and ends on 10th June. On 1st October, the six finalists will be invited to Berlin, where they will meet circular economy and startup experts in working sessions. In the evening, each of the finalists will have the chance to pitch their idea live on stage. An international jury will choose the winner who will receive a prize of 25,000 Euros.

Success stories

In 2014, Landbell Group initiated the Green Alley Award. That first year, 70 entrepreneurs applied to take part. This number has increased steadily and, in 2019, the Green Alley Award team received a record 274 applications.

Since then, Landbell Group has celebrated eight successful winners, including Repack, a Finnish startup which invented reusable packaging for e-commerce. The company, which is run by Jonne Hellgren, has just completed a test run with fashion giant, Zalando.

Another successful winner from Finland is Sulapac. CEO Suvi Haimi and CCO Laura Tirkkonen-Rajasalo came up with the idea of substituting plastic packaging - for items such as cosmetics - with 100% biodegradable and microplastic-free products made from wood and plant-based binders. Luxury brand Chanel recently announced its investment in the company.

Last year, Gelatex Technologies from Estonia convinced the jury with their gelatine-based alternative to leather. The startup uses second quality gelatine, a waste product of the meat and leather industry, to produce a sustainable alternative to conventional leather.

Let’s see what this year’s sustainable businesses have to offer the circular economy!

For more information visit the Green Alley Award website.
4 – 5  March  2020, VII International Seminar on Biopolymers and Sustainable CompositesValencia, Spain 

17 March, InnoFrugal 2020 Conference: Frugal Innovation and Circular Economy, Cambridge,
United Kingdom

17 March, Innovations in plastic(s) for a circular economy - Breakfast at Sustainability's, Brussels, Belgium

19 March, Incentivising new circular economy business models in the context of the European Green Deal, Brussels, Belgium

18 – 20 March 2020, Circular Materials Conference, Goethenborg, Sweden

23 – 25 March 2020, Achieving a circular economy through packaging and packaging waste,
Brussels, Belgium

25 – 26 March 2020, SeRaMCo Conference "Precast Concrete in the Circular Economy”, Kaiserslautern, Germany

31 March 2020, 2nd OECD Roundtable on the Circular Economy in Cities and Regions, Oslo, Norway

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