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

  • 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?

  • 10 Priorities to Transform EU Waste Policy

    Almost 90% of material resources used in the EU are lost after their first use. A lot more effort is needed to accelerate a systemic transition to a circular economy, to drastically reduce the EU’s absolute natural resource use and greenhouse gas emissions, respecting the planetary boundaries and striving towards the UN Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve this, the Prevent Waste coalition of European civil society organisations advocate for the improvement and enforcement of EU policies on waste prevention and product design.

  • EU turns on circular economy to remove halogenated flame retardants in displays

    Following from the decision by the European Commission to make provisions for the exclusion of halogenated flame retardants from electronic displays, a decision supported by ECOS, EEB and the Coolproducts campaign, the resulting legislation has now been published despite strong opposition from chemicals industry stakeholders.

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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