Next PlastiCircle general assembly set for Valencia

28 March 2019

PlastiCircle will mark the start of its first pilot initiative in Valencia with a general assembly meeting on 27-29 May 2019

The PlastiCircle consortium will meet again in late May 2019, shortly after the start of the project’s first pilot in Valencia’s San Marcelino district.

As with other general assembly meetings, the project team - in addition to the innovation committee and advisory board – will meet over two days of intense discussions and preparations for the next steps of the project.

But this time, the general assembly will also see firsthand what PlastiCircle partners have started in San Marcelino – here project innovations such as smart containers, citizen sorting incentives and optimised waste transport are being deployed from early May.

The visit to the San Marcelino pilot district will take place on 27 May, with official consortium meetings taking place on 28 and 29 May.

PlastiCircle will release regular updates on the website and via Twitter @circ_economy

EU projects on the circular economy of plastics – informing policy through research and innovation

15 March 2019

The PlastiCircle project has been featured in a new publication by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, cementing the project’s position as a valuable learning tool for policy makers in the circular economy sphere.

‘A circular economy for plastics: Insights from research and innovation to inform policy and funding decisions’ was published on 4 March by the European Commission following a busy 18 months for plastics in the legislative calendar.

Aside from the more headline-grabbing issues of the past year - issues such as the EU directive on Single-use Plastics – other major themes are emerging from Brussels that show how serious European policy makers have become about the role of plastics in a circular economy; themes such as innovation spanning the entire plastics value chain.

This publication, an extensive document edited by Michiel De Smet and Mats Linder, gives a comprehensive overview of the novel sources, design and business models for plastics in a circular economy, in addition to circular after-use pathways for plastics – pathway such as collection and sorting, mechanical recycling, chemical recycling and organic recycling and biodegradation.

The document identifies a number of challenges and knowledge gaps, notably finding that “so far, innovations have often focused on improving a single issue, rather than taking the entire plastics system into account.”

“While thousands of EU-funded projects have dealt with plastics,” says the report, “only a few, mostly recent projects specifically focus on systemic aspects.”

Here the report cites PlastiCircle and the CIRC-PACK project as examples of initiatives that aim to study circularity of plastic packaging and its after-use channels.

The report is available to download via the European Commission.


Innovating to tackle plastic waste in Europe’s cities

13 March 2019

On 16 May, ICLEI Europe and the PlastiCircle project will join forces to host the special conference ‘Circular Cities – Innovating to tackle plastic waste’.

More than 100 stakeholders from across Europe will gather at Scotland House in Brussels (Belgium) to assess European Union policies on the circular economy for plastics, the role of cities in tackling plastic waste, and the industry innovations driving circularity in Europe’s urban areas.

The event will be held during this year’s EU Green Week, among a host of other partner events drawing attention to not only environmental legislation in the EU, but also the bloc’s commitment to circular economy objectives in light of a busy 2018-19 legislative calendar.

‘Circular Cities’ will welcome policy makers, civil society, business, cities, academia and a clutch of Horizon 2020 stakeholders from across the continent to address the big questions of the day. It will feature three plenary panel sessions, an ‘Innovation Space’ and three parallel interactive workshops on new materials and ecodesign for plastics in a circular economy, digitalisation for a circular economy, and measuring the circular economy with a local approach.

The conference will welcome speakers from the cities of Utrecht (The Netherlands) and Copenhagen (Denmark), organisations such as Zero Waste Scotland and Veolia, and also policy makers from the European Commission’s DG Environment, the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME), the European Committee of the Regions and the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

The lunchtime ‘Innovation Space’ will provide an excellent information-gathering and networking opportunity for all conference goers. Exhibitors include European projects such as FORCE, CIRC-PACK, BioVoices and UrbanWINS, as well as France’s PlastiPolis plastics industry cluster, Veolia, Zero Waste Scotland and the Association for Valencian companies in the plastics industries (AVEP).

The parallel workshops will provide ample opportunity for in-depth discussions and exchange. Led by the European Horizon 2020 CIRC-PACK project, 'New materials and eco-design for plastics in a circular economy' (workshop A) will be animated by speakers from the European Commission and Spanish consumer organisation OCU. Workshop B, 'Digitalisation for a circular economy' will be moderated by experts from the Wuppertal Institute and University of Bologna, as well as the PlastiCircle and Waste4Think projects. Meanwhile, workshop C, 'Measuring the circular economy - a local approach' will be led by ICLEI Europe with expert input from Circular Flanders, the city of Turin and the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB).

The official media partner for the conference is the sustainability news portal Innovators Magazine.

The programme for the conference is online at


PlastiCircle to highlight recycling reward scheme at Waste in Progress forum

19 February 2019

The PlastiCircle project is set to feature at the International Forum on Waste Management, Waste in Progress, on 6-8 March 2019 in Girona.

This is the third edition of the Waste in Progress international gathering, with this year’s line-up featuring a host of topics ranging from technological solutions for collection of municipal waste, to pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) solutions, to lab spaces for municipal waste management innovations.

On 6 March, during the first round of Innovation Labs, PlastiCircle lead partner ITENE will present the project’s innovations in rewarding good recycling practices with the use of smart containers. This is one of several innovations that PlastiCircle is developing across the plastics value chain – with pilots in three cities across Europe.

The Waste in Progress forum will also feature other PlastiCircle partners such as Ecoembes and a host of municipalities from across the globe, including Seattle (United States), Leipzig (Germany) and Bern (Switzerland).

Additional features in Girona include a business expo and workshop series, featuring a host of public and private actors with an interest in innovative municipal waste solutions.

Future participants can register online, with a 10% conference fee discount for PlastiCircle partners. The event can also be followed live via Twitter at @wasteinprogress with the hashtag #wasteinprogress.