Circular Economy

Waste in a Circular Economy

Waste prevention should always be our priority. However, even in the transition to a circular economy, residual streams from production and consumption processes will remain. It is important to ensure appropriate waste management and prevent landfilling or incineration of valuable resources. Our goal is to ensure that reliable, harmonised standards promote preparation for reuse and material-efficient recycling. This way we can turn waste into a resource and close the loop in a sustainable way by, for example, using organic waste as fertiliser, sustainable treatment of WEEE and batteries, and recovery of critical raw materials.

What we are working on

  • European harmonised standards that ensure optimal collection and resource-efficient treatment of WEEE and batteries.
  • The H2020 project CEWASTE, which aims to develop a voluntary certification scheme for improved recycling of critical raw materials in WEEE and batteries. More on:

Related news

  • Press Release: Delivering the Green Deal with a transformative circular economy

    If Europe is serious about becoming the first climate neutral continent by 2050, circular economy needs to be at the forefront of the European Green Deal. For this, Europe must implement an ecodesign approach for sectors with the highest environmental impact, stressed ECOS, the environmental NGO expert in ecodesign and product policy.

  • Circular Economy, number one priority of the European Green Deal

    On 11 December, the European Commission will release its Green Deal, and according to high level officials, circular economy is set to be the number one priority for Europe. This is a move ECOS fully supports, as detailed in our priority checklist published today.

  • The inconvenient truth about e-waste

    In our digitalised and tech-hungry world, the amount of electronic and electrical devices is ever increasing. Sooner or later, all of these devices are discarded due to early replacement or defects. E-waste is one of the most problematic waste streams globally because of its large volume and the environmental risks it poses, largely due to hazardous substances . In 2016, more than a quarter of the 44,7 Mt of e-waste produced worldwide was generated in the EU with an average of 16,6 kg/person. So what happens with this mountain of e-waste?

Contact person

Lindsey Wuisan
Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 64
Michael Neaves
Programme Manager+32 2 893 08 59

ECOS is co-funded by the European Commission and EFTA

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