• Establish a circular partnership

    For stakeholders and partners

Why set up a municipal material cycle for beverage cartons and hygiene paper?

The MMC can be set up in any municipality or city in the EU that
has a municipal waste separation system in place.

The municipal material cycle of
beverage cartons and hygiene
paper is established quickly and
at no additional cost.

Purchasing routes are shortened
and direct dependence on the
availability and purchase prices of
raw materials for hygiene paper is
reduced.

There is no need to cut down
trees in order to produce hygiene
paper: the local community
supplies the raw materials for
recycled products within the
existing waste management
system.

Users of hygiene paper have
also been proven to achieve
financial savings from their
own material cycle.

The MMC also establishes greater
transparency and enables the
monitoring of quantities for both
packaging waste and hygiene
paper. This enables more rational
usage.

CO2 emissions are reduced.

All participants in the cycle
contribute to the conservation
of natural resources and increase
natural capital.

Why set up a municipal material cycle for beverage cartons and hygiene paper?

The MMC can be set up in any municipality or city in the EU that has a municipal waste separation system in place.

The municipal material cycle of
beverage cartons and hygiene
paper is established quickly and
at no additional cost.

Purchasing routes are shortened
and direct dependence on the
availability and purchase prices of
raw materials for hygiene paper is
reduced.

There is no need to cut down
trees in order to produce hygiene
paper: the local community
supplies the raw materials for
recycled products within the
existing waste management
system.

Users of hygiene paper have also
been proven to achieve financial
savings from their own material
cycle.

The MMC also establishes greater
transparency and enables the
monitoring of quantities for both
packaging waste and hygiene
paper. This enables more rational
usage.

CO2 emissions
are reduced.

All participants in the cycle
contribute to the conservation
of natural resources and increase
natural capital.

30%

THE MUNICIPAL
MATERIAL CYCLE HAS
BEEN ESTABLISHED

when the hygiene paper from
used beverage cartons collected
in the local community meets
at least 30% of the needs
of municipal companies and
institutions

50%

THE MUNICIPAL MATERIAL CYCLE
IS STABLE

when the hygiene paper from
used beverage cartons collected
in the local community meets
at least 50% of the needs
of municipal companies and
institutions.

60%

THE MUNICIPAL
MATERIAL CYCLE IS
PERSISTENT

when the hygiene paper from
used beverage cartons collected
in the local community meets
at least 60% of the needs
of municipal companies and
institutions.

Proven to work – the projects in practice

The efficiency, environmental and financial savings of MMC beverage cartons and hygiene
paper have been proven by multiannual projects. Read about how we set up the first
projects, who the partners are, what the results are and how we are progressing.

Novo mesto

Local community: Novo mesto city municipality
Komunala Novo mesto

2015 66.779 50,2%
MMC establishment population covergae

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Ljubljana

Local community: Ljubljana city municipality
JP VOKA SNAGA Ljubljana

2017 295.504 41,5%
MMC establishment population covergae

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Brežice

Local community: Municipality of Brežice
Komunala Brežice

2019 24.473 41,9%
MMC establishment population covergae

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From partnerships to circular culture

Each partner in the material cycle can contribute and encourage other stakeholders in the local
community to increase the efficiency of the material cycle and improve the self-sufficiency of the local
community. In this way, a circular culture is being implemented in the local community.
How to establish, maintain and improve the MMC?

MUNICIPALITY

By encouraging institutions to join the MMC, in close cooperation with the waste management company and other stakeholders of your MMC. In doing so, you can demonstrate your orientation towards sustainability

Encourage the waste management company and other MMC partners in your local community to monitor and verify the amount of separately collected used beverage cartons

In cooperation with the waste management company and other partners of your MMC:

  • Encourage residents and public institutions to handle used beverage cartons properly and to dispose of them separately in appropriate waste bins,
  • monitor and publish the results and effects of your municipal material cycle,
  • inform and raise awareness in the population about the correct handling of used beverage cartons,
  • occasionally publicly praise and highlight the most active stakeholders and/or individuals in the local community of your MMC,
  • become a user of hygiene paper for which you have provided the raw materials in the local community and encourage other public companies and organizations (schools, libraries, others) to join the network of users.

Become a pioneer of the circular economy and join the first municipalities that have already implemented it.

MUNICIPAL WASTE MANAGEMENT COMPANY

Being the carrier of municipal waste management, this is also the driving force of the MMC in the local community. It works with the municipality and the TBS, and encourages institutions and residents to consistently separate used beverage cartons.

In cooperation with the waste management company and other partners of your MMC:

  • Encourage residents and public institutions to handle used beverage cartons properly and to dispose of them separately in appropriate waste bins,
  • monitor and publish the results and effects of your municipal material cycle,
  • inform and raise awareness in the population about the correct handling of used beverage cartons,
  • occasionally publicly praise and highlight the most active members in the local community,
  • encourage public companies and organizations (schools, libraries, others) to join the network of users of the hygiene paper for which they have provided the raw materials.

The Monitor amount of separately collected used beverage cartons in your area and connect with the municipality and TBS to achieve the maximum effects.

TAKE-BACK SYSTEMS / TBS

Paper manufacturers obtain high-quality cellulose from the cardboard part of the used beverage cartons and use it as an input raw material for the production of recycled hygiene paper.

In cooperation with the waste management company:

  • monitor the amount of separately collected used beverage cartons in the local community and the amount
    recycled,
  • ensure the separation and regular removal of packaging for recycling and processing in the MMC area,
  • participate in informing and raising the awareness of institutions and the population about the consistent
    separation of used beverage cartons and their recycling.

Become involved in several material cycles, present good practices and experiences, and encourage other local communities to form their own MMCs.

PAPER MANUFACTURER

Paper manufacturers obtain high-quality cellulose from the cardboard part of the used beverage cartons and use it as an input raw material for the production of recycled hygiene paper

The paper manufacturer makes sure that:

  • the used beverage carton recycling procedures are carried out in accordance with all the prescribed
    quality standards,
  • they produce hygiene paper that is completely comparable in quality to that made of virgin cellulose,
  • the new recycled products meet all health and environmental standards.

PROFESSIONAL FACILITY HYGIENE PRODUCTS DISTRIBUTION COMPANY

Ensures that the agreed amount of hygiene paper is delivered to the users in a timely manner.

Encourage public companies and organizations (schools, libraries, others) to join the network of users of the hygiene paper for which they have provided the raw materials.

  • help end-users achieve optimizations with stable prices of products that are independent of the global cellulose
    market from their own material cycle,
  • participate in informing and raising the awareness of institutions and the population about the consistent separation
    of used beverage cartons and their recycling,
  • find out which paper hygiene products are needed by users in the local community.

Become involved in several material cycles, present good practices and experiences, and encourage other local communities to form their own MMCs.

USERS OF RECYCLED PAPER

Municipal companies and institutions (schools, kindergartens, libraries, municipal offices, etc.) that decide to start using recycled hygiene paper from their own material cycle, are those that actually close a municipal material cycle.

Make sure, to:

  • dispose of the used beverage cartons in the appropriate waste bin, as directed by the municipal waste
    management company
  • in form and raise awareness about involvement in the MMC with your employees, visitors to your
    institution and residents.

Enable employees and visitors to participate in the circular economy.

Do you have a question? Do you want to establish a municipal material cycle in your area?

We will be happy to listen to your suggestions and answer your questions!

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