Municipal Material Cycle in great company

Of course, we were also part of the first Circular Summit in Slovakia. More than two hundred participants evaluated the event extremely favourably, both in terms of the programme, invited panelists and speakers, but especially as a space for networking, meeting people and companies, exchanging experiences and mutual inspiration in the field of circular economy.

Guests included:

  • Mr Jan Jonker, Professor em. Sustainable Entrepreneurship, an expert on circular economy from the Netherlands
  • MEP Michal Wiezik (Member of the European Parliament, Ecologist, Scientist)
  • Mr William Neale (Adviser on Circular Economy and Green Growth within the Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission)
  • Pieter Van Os - Programme Manager CIRCO International (Netherlands)

The main programme also included topics such as:

  • Introduction to the circular economy - CE as a win-win-win situation for business, the environment and society
  • Financing the transition to a circular economy (financing new business models for companies, green financing criteria...)
  • Packaging, eco-design and eco-modulation
  • Greenwashing and Slovak companies

Among other things, a Memorandum of Cooperation was signed between CIRCO, Circular Slovakia and the Slovak Business Agency with the participation of the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Gabriella Sancisi.

Together with the Slovak Environmental Agency we prepared one of the workshops for Circular Shield. We focused on green (public) procurement, i.e. how to buy products and services for an organisation with the least negative impact on the environment.
An excellent environmental policy tool is the environmental labelling of products. For example, through eco-labels (the best known is Ecolabel at European level) and also the Environmentally Suitable Product, which is the Slovak national eco-label.

We used the Municipal Materials Cycle project as one of the examples of good practice in the topic of green procurement.

At the same time, an exhibition of products and services with a focus on the circular economy took place. We were delighted that our stand was always crowded. We participated with the Municipal Materials Cycle project. Together with the project partners, Damito and the products of the Econatural range of the manufacturer Lucart - paper hygiene products made from recycled pulp from beverage cartons and unique pallets and other products made from AlPe material also from recycled tetrapack packaging.