Regulatory Developments Indicate a Clear Shift Towards Circularity

The circularity movement is gaining traction due to increased environmental awareness and legislative initiatives promoting responsible practices.  Circular Rubber is well positioned to benefit from the emerging landscape as circularity takes center stage.  Our ideas and developments could pave the way for more sustainable and efficient product design as the demand for genuine, responsible recycling solutions grows.

Our choices as a ‘waste to value’ company positively impact the circular economy in the technical cycle.  Circular Rubber’s methodology recovers and reintroduces resources into the system, as opposed to the conventional rubber industry’s ‘take-make-waste’ process.  We reduce resource extraction, extend product life, and recycle by enhancing design and reducing contamination while voluntarily focusing on the activities and outcomes new legislation seeks to achieve.

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Global leaders are constantly evolving action plans and introducing legislation and non-legislative measures to address areas where action adds real value.  Governments all over the world have implemented regulations that promote or enforce circular economy initiatives.   As corporate responsibility gains traction, more businesses are recognizing the value of sustainability in their operations and supply networks.  

Leaders understand that policies can improve business accountability, attract environmentally sensitive customers, and reduce reputational concerns.

For example:

The EU’s Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP) sets out initiatives and policies to promote circularity in waste management, product design, and recycling targets.  This includes policies limiting single-use plastics, promoting recycling, and rewarding environmentally friendly production and consumption.  

Several US states and Canadian provinces are exploring or enacting Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation that holds manufacturers accountable for the end-of-life management of their products and encourages designers to design for recyclability and reuse. This is an important initiative as it addresses recycling and shifts recycling programs’ financial and operational responsibility to brand owners. 

These growing movements are driven by several established agencies that regulate materials, including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) with the Registration, Evaluation, and Authorization of Chemicals regulation (REACH), the European End of Waste regulation for recycled materials, and other relevant policy leaders around the world.   

Regulation will continue to evolve and vary by country and region. However, it is almost certain that the stringency surrounding waste treatment, recycling, and circularity will continue to rise. Circular Rubber will be ideally positioned to contribute to and participate in reducing environmental damage, conserving resources, and promoting sustainable economic growth.

Shauna Leblond, MGM MCI MBA, Chief Integration Officer (CIO)
Shauna has 20 years of experience in capital-intensive multinational projects. She is responsible for project planning, engineering, and execution, managing relationships with key external partners and contract owner for engineering and construction work.