Waste Meetings and Circular Economy

crédits : SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT

2 Major events for waste treatment, recycling and recovery, are planned next December 2015 in Lyon, Rhône-Alpes.

An International Business Convention including conferences during the first day and

The European Circular Economy Day (ECED), the second day. A get together for European Industrials to share their experiences.

“WASTE MEETINGS 2015” will take place in Lyon at “Espace tête D’Or” on December 2-3rd 

http://www.wastemeetings.com/

Both events will focus on technologies and innovations for the secondary material recovery and more specifically 3 types of waste recovery.

  • Material Recycling: The waste is continuously reused in manufacturing or recycled in order to recreate a new product.
  • Organic (biological) Recovery: How to use compost for example to regenerate soil.
  • Energy Recovery: The waste is used to produce energy (electricity, heat). It becomes valuable.

The circular economy is making progress finally in various regions of France and the revaluation of waste becomes a central theme. Regional authorities integrate more and more circular economy principles into their economic and social plans.

The waste management sector represents more than 135,000 jobs now and should increase drastically in the next 5 years to reach the goals of the energy transition.

In 2012, the waste reached 5.3 tons per capita. (70% is made of mineral waste) Source : Commissariat général au développement durable.

One of the current objectives, is to recycle more plastic products. Plastic waste “post-consumer” is estimated at 3.5 million tons. Only 600.000 are sent to recycling. This data was highlighted by a recent report, commissioned by the ADEME – The agency which is active in the implementation of public policy in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development  http://www.ademe.fr and 2ACR, the Alliance Chemical Recycling Association http://www.2acr.eu (2ACR gathers representatives of various industrial sectors, clusters and institutes).

More detailed information is available at: http://www.institut-economie-circulaire.fr/