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The Czech Republic has a relatively good overall eco-innovation performance according to the 2015 Eco-innovation scoreboard, ranking 13th out of 28 EU Member States with an overall score of 99, which is 1% below the overall EU average. The evidence collected from available sources indicates the “eco-innovation” situation in the Czech Republic is perhaps not as strong as the index suggests.

In general, the research and innovation activities and the policy framework has improved in recent years. Nevertheless, there are still some major bottlenecks, which prevent the country and its enterprises from fully realising their potential. Many of these bottlenecks originate from the change from a centralised economy, as many companies are still recovering from the privatisation process and their owners and managers arguably lack the ambition to invest in innovative products and technologies, and the concepts of the circular economy and eco-innovation are yet to become widely embedded. Another barrier is that the legislative and policy framework is seen as fragmented and incoherent, with supporting programmes, mainly for research and development (R&D), whose activities are implemented temporarily, partly or not at all. However, several R&D funding programmes supported by the state or by EU funds are effective in capitalising on the opportunities this field offers and are assisting in the process of developing innovative technologies and tools. A number of recent projects directly support eco-innovation or the circular economy, for example a fusion between bio- and nanotechnologies to treat wastewater.

Additional policy developments are needed in order to speed up progress towards a circular economy as well as to increase the level of research and innovation activity in the Czech Republic. These policy developments should include further support to local businesses as well as investment in the public research and education systems

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The recycling of plastics

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plastics-recycleIn the Czech Republic, the recycling of plastics is performed either from mixed plastics or sorted plastics, e.g. PET bottles, waste from the manufacture of plastics, etc.

Mixed plastic waste recycling is performed by Transform a.s. in Lázně Bohdaneč. They treat sorted plastics from communal waste. The waste is crushed, ground or in the case of film, agglomerated and mixed in suitable proportions to make a product of required properties. The pre-treated mixture is then used to produce glass blocks, flowerbed pavements, fence planks, cable gutters of various dimensions, transport pallets, boards, planks and various bar profiles.

These products are resistant to weather, have good mechanical properties, are not moisture-absorbent, are chemically inert, are lightweight and are fully recyclable.

czech2In the Czech Republic, the production of polyester grain fibres obtained through the processing of PET waste is performed by SILON s.r.o. in Planá nad Lužnicí. After the initial treatment, PET waste is partly melted and after the desired properties are achieved, it is jet-injected into a conditioning shaft where the material cools down. The next steps depend primarily on the requirements for the final product (polyester staple, PET strap, PET film, etc.). During the manufacture of polyester fibres (TESIL® polyester fibre), known especially for the production of clothing, the fibres are further stretched to a thickness suitable for use in the textile industry.

Determinants

Barriers are separation of the PET basis from the mixed plastic waste

Drivers are low price of the raw waste

Sustainability effects

In 2008, TESIL® polyester fibre was awarded the European Union eco-label and the Environmentally Friendly Product label for textiles. Eco-labelling is a voluntary instrument for environmental protection.

Eco-labelled products are not only more environmentally friendly through all stages of their life, but are also healthier for consumers.

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