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We are helping cities and city regions to make the transition to circular economy, which provides the closing of the loop on waste materials. This can be successfully implemented by setting up own Municipal Material Flow Cycles.
All cities are welcome which want to make the transition towards a more responsible, sustainable model of resource management and wish to pass this on effectively to citizens. Dependant on just one prior condition to be met, that is the existing system of waste collection and separation, since this is what provides the source for recycled secondary raw material.
The Municipal Material Flow Cycle (of the CITY) is an agreement between local authorities, city companies and institutions, citizens, municipal waste management services (of the CITY) and the special consortium of companies dealing with the management of packaging and packaging waste, recycling, paper manufacturing, distribution and setting up hygiene systems intended for professional use (CONSORTIUM) - with the CITY’s intention to supply as much used beverage cartons (UBCs) to the CONSORTIUM as is needed to cover the paper consumption in the CITY.
The Municipal Material Flow Cycle is established once the city begins covering at least 30% of own demand for hygiene paper products made from UBCs which is collected within the city region.
the Municipal Material Flow Cycle fulfils 60% of local demand for hygiene paper
products, it is then considered as sustainable.
Economies of scale
Reducing the spending rate
Independence from the raw material markets
Increased level of separate waste collection
City authorities enable citizens to actively participate
Educating and training the citizens
Currently there is a fully functioning Municipal Material Flow Cycle of the city of Novo mesto, covering eight municipalities and a total population of 65,000.
This project was set up in 2015, and by 2016 it had been covering 35% of own demand for hygiene paper products from UBCs. In November 2016, we received a global recognition at ‘THE CIRCULARS 2017’ in Davos, Switzerland, which is organized by The World Economic Forum and The Forum of Young Global Leaders, to promote best practices in the field of circular economy.
Komunala Novo mesto d.o.o. is the first municipal services company in Slovenia to take part in a pilot project to close the materials cycle for waste milk, juice and other beverage (Tetra Pak) cartons (used beverage cartons or UBCs). In a desire to lead the way in establishing this method of conserving the environment, Komunala Novo mesto has decided to take part in the pilot project.
Between number of applications by companies, institutions, cities, municipalities, and regions from all over the world, VALTEX was HIGHLY COMMENDED for the project »Material flow cycle of UBC – Novo mesto« at THE CIRCULARS 2017, in the category of best governmental, regional or city project of circular economy.
The competition is organized each year by The World Economic Forum and The Forum of Young Global Leaders, to promote the best companies and implemented projects in the field of circular economy. The winner was announced in January 2017 at the World Economic Summit in Davos.
MUNICIPAL MATERIAL FLOW CYCLES SET UP BY: