Circular Economy / 10.10.2018

The market for coffee capsules is growing.  The Consumtion grew from 800 tonnes in 2005 up to 20,000 tonnes only ten years later. While environmental activists see in coffee capsules a symbol for system failure, this article describes how coffee capsules could become a model for Circular Economy. But the transitioning process is quite complex. In this article, which was published in the Entsorga-Magazin, we are explaining the difficult situation. Dr. Frank Ziebeil, FZ-Recycling GmbH & Co. KG, Expert on recycling technology is co-author. Entsorga4-2018-Systemversagen oder Modell für Circular Economy [caption...

Circular Economy / 07.10.2018

Up-cycling is legally binding in Germany An explanation : The treatment of waste must safeguard humans and our environment. Taking precautions and sustainability are legally binding. The level of substitution of material or energy is the measure for success.  This is what the German Circular Economy legislation (Kreislaufwirtschaftsgesetz (KrWG) defines. Especially treatment in the form of cascades are emphasised to be of high value. This means that the material use shall be bigger in the beginnen of the treatment cascade, alway following resource optimisation processes. What does recycling mean? The definition of recycling  in...

Circular Economy / 12.09.2018

The Circular Economy needs the same rules. Therefore a synchronisation of legislation is necessary. The EU commission has already started a participation process. The problem to be solved is based in the huge complexity: more than 3,300 materials or substances are known. Out of these about 2,000 are registered in the European data base REACH. Besides these materials are offered as compounds, which are multi-material products, such as plastic-metal compounds we find in electronic devices, windows, furniture or else. But the goal of circular economy is a better...