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Return to Spender

Since being introduced to the market, there has been much debate — both in the beverage industry, and among politicians and the public — over the best way to collect non-refillable (single-use) beverage containers for recycling. With several European countries moving forward with deposit-return schemes to complement their existing collection models, CM Consulting’s Clarissa Morawski looks […]

Canadian Plastics Industry Association publishes CM Consulting 2016 Access to Recycling Report

Toronto, ON, Sept. 7, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – New numbers for 2015 just released by the Canadian Plastics Industry Association (CPIA) show 96 out of 100 Canadians can recycle all types of transparent and opaque plastic bottles, jugs and jars in their residential recycling programs. “We’ve just finalized our analysis for 2015 and are excited […]

Dispatches from Europe: Is Brexit bad news for an evolving industry?

27 July 2016 – Last month’s decision by U.K. voters to withdraw from the European Union has generated a lot of questions over the potential impact on jobs, the economy and trade within the U.K. But for those in the U.K. waste management sector, the greatest concern is the potential impact of Brexit on both national and […]

Dispatches from Europe: Why Container Deposit Systems are Gaining Ground

29 June 2016 – Since being introduced to the market, single-use beverage containers have caused much debate – both in the beverage industry and among politicians and the public. A simple question sits at the center of the arguing: What’s the most efficient way to collect beverage containers for high-quality recycling? Though there are many who continue to […]

Studies confirm that Container Deposit Systems show big net savings to municipal budgets

7 June 2016 – As more countries consider deposit-return (DRS) as a means to reduce litter and encourage recycling of beverage containers, many are questioning the impacts that such a system would have on municipalities, particularly those that have an existing source separation program in place. The main argument put forward by opponents is that […]

Dispatches from Europe: A Rush of Regulations on Plastic Bags

2 June 2016 – An iconic symbol of our linear, throwaway economy, single-use plastic bags are a major source of environmental pollution, especially in marine environments where animals are often injured or killed after becoming entangled or ingesting plastic bags mistaken for food. According to the European Commission, an estimated 100 billion plastic carrier bags […]

Dispatches from Europe: Circular Economy Explained

15 March 2016 – In the first of a series of columns digging into the details of sustainability and materials recovery abroad, Clarissa explains how the European Commission is legislating the circular economy and what it means for the recycling industry. Read the article in Resource Recycling magazine here.

Monetize the eco-externalities

On September 9th, 2015, Clarissa Morawski, Managing Director of the Reloop Platform (www.reloopplatform.eu) had the opportunity to join fellow ISWA (International Solid Waste Association) bloggers Ranjith Annepu (Waste Wise), Bilikiss Adebiyi-Abiola (WeCyclers), Rob Buurman (Bond Beter Leefmilieu), and Zoë Lenkiewicz (communications and business developmentconsultant) on stage in the final conference session. Clarissa reflected on the […]

Renewed Support for Deposit Return in Belgium

Officials are taking a closer look at a solution for increasing the quantity and quality of reuse and recycling in Belgium. In August 2014, Walloon’s Minister for Environment, Spatial Planning, Mobility and Transport, Airports and Animal Welfare, Carlo Di Antonio, acknowledged that Wallonia has a litter problem. To help clean up the mess, he has […]

Clarissa Morawski discusses Circular Economy on The Agenda

As the European Commission considers its legislative package to deal with waste and de-carbonization, Clarissa Morawski talks about Circular Economy and how it can improve our lives.