Waste minimization


12 Mar 2019

This report summarizes recent, relevant, global developments in the video games sector, perspectives from over 50 thought leaders from the industry, and stand-out examples of world-class games. It extracts recommendations for how the video game industry, gamers, policymakers and UN Environment can together ‘Play for...

Working paper

4 Mar 2019

Improving the quality and economics of plastics recycling is a core objective of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The Strategy announces a series of actions to achieve this objective, from improving product design to boosting recycled content in products to improving...


A report by the Informal Commission Expert Group “Support to Circular Economy Financing”
4 Mar 2019

To improve the conditions for financing circular economy projects, the EU Expert Group on Circular Economy Financing analysed barriers and identified the main areas where incentives need to be provided.


4 Mar 2019

The European Commission adopted a comprehensive report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan. The report presents the main achievements under the Action Plan and sketches out future challenges to shaping our economy and paving the way towards a climate-neutral, circular economy where...

Working paper

4 Mar 2019

The analysis served to, assess what extent EU policy tools addressing products are supporting circular, sustainable products. The analysis found there is potential for further strengthening the policies, especially as concerns the circular design of products such as textiles and furniture. Also, more could be...


28 Feb 2019

Outlining the current journey of Australia’s packaging waste from bin to landfill or reprocessing, this report highlights a compelling need to improve packaging recovery and recycling rates across all material streams in Australia and models five potential solutions for the future.


22 Feb 2019

Describing the environmental effects of virgin pulp production and the US strong reliance on tissue products, this report grades leading brands based on their impacts on forests and outlines existing solutions that companies can adopt.


10 Feb 2019

This strategy introduces significant transformations aimed at Western Australia becoming a circular economy, with a greater focus on avoidance as well as moving to targets for material recovery and environmental protection in addition to landfill diversion.


5 Feb 2019

This report presents data on, and trends in, waste recovery, recycling and disposal in Queensland during the 2017–18 financial year. It provides valuable insight to help inform policy development and decision makers in the waste and resource recovery industry, local government and Queensland Government about...

Working paper

24 Jan 2019

This whitepaper is published as part of the Platform for Accelerating the Circular Economy (PACE), a public‑private collaboration mechanism and project accelerator dedicated to bringing about the circular economy at speed and scale.

The whitepaper examines the plastics packaging and consumer electronics industries. It...


24 Jan 2019

The report reveals the annual value of global e-waste as over $62.5 billion, more than the GDP of most countries. It calls for an overhaul of the current electronics system, emphasising the need for a circular economy in which resources are not extracted, used and...


22 Jan 2019

The European Commission authorized a study to support the identification of the best practices that contribute to a Circular Economy in extractive waste management plans (EWMPs). This document is the first deliverable of this study, the guidance document focusing on:

The prevention or reduction...

Case study

18 Jan 2019

Cities across the world are looking into the circular economy concept, as it is being recognized as a key driver for the much wanted green transition, simultaneously enabling greater energy and material efficiency, lower pollution and GHG emissions and job creation. Cities echo that it...

Policy report

10 Dec 2018

This policy document embodies a circular economy, shifting away from ‘take, make, use and dispose’ to a more circular approach where Australia maintains the value of resources for as long as possible.


3 Dec 2018

This report examines New Zealand’s plastic packaging system, and explores the key challenges, opportunities and pathways are for creating a circular economy for plastics packaging that works in New Zealand.


15 Nov 2018

For years Australians have diligently sorted our recycling into the yellow-lid bin. This has stopped millions of tonnes of waste from going to landfill and helped build an industry that employs 50,000 people across the country. But Australia’s recycling industry is in crisis and plastic...


15 Nov 2018

This regulatory impact assessment looks at whether to confirm agreement in principle to a mandatory phase out of single-use plastic shopping bags in New Zealand.

Other interactive resource

12 Nov 2018

This report draws on information and data from a range of sources, including independent research commissioned by Planet Ark and conducted by Pollinate and a Planet Ark administered survey of 182 councils. It uncovers the journey of our recycling beyond the bin, whether Australians trust...


26 Oct 2018

The second World Circular Economy Forum 2018 (WCEF2018) took place from 22-24 October 2018, in Yokohama, Japan. The world’s biggest global gathering on circular economy solutions brought together more than 1,100 leading experts and decision-makers from more than eighty countries to discuss their future visions....


24 Oct 2018

This explainer provides an overview of the circular economy concept, what it looks like and why it’s being talked about. It also discusses recent research and developments in the circular economy space, and some of the challenges that may arise in its implementation.



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