PAGE Uruguay launches the country’s 1st award on circular economy

Uruguay, April 2019  - PAGE Uruguay launches Uruguay Circular Award” the first national award for initiatives and projects that are contributing to the country’s transition towards a circular economy. The award will offer visibility and recognition to companies, entrepreneurs, communities and educational institutions whose processes, products or services advance circular economy principles and methods: reduce, reuse, repair and recycle. Organizations and individuals will have until the 6th of May to present their applications.

The initiative is promoted by PAGE Uruguay in collaboration with Transforma Uruguay (TU), the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM), the Ministry of Housing, Land Use Planning and Environment (MVOTMA) and UNIDO. This first edition includes six different categories: Large companies - MSMEs - Entrepreneurs - Cooperatives - Communities - Educational institutions. Applicants to each category will be evaluated in terms of the quality of the application, the degree of circularity, the strategic value, replicability, scalability and originality.

On June 5, the winners of 6 categories will be announced and will receive:

  1. Recognition, validation and visibility 
  2. Coverage for technical assistance
  3. Participation in national and/or international events

“Uruguay Circular Award” is part of a long path towards sustainability that Uruguay has embraced and PAGE is supporting. Recognizing the potential of circular economy to generate new businesses and jobs in an environmentally-conscious way.

As part of its work in the country, PAGE has facilitated the mainstreaming of circular economy into the overarching programme Transforma Uruguay, which is focused on promoting a productive transformation of the country’s economy with the main goal of increasing competitiveness.

Furthermore, PAGE is actively engaged with the project BioValor, which aims to transform the waste generated from small towns and agricultural and agro-industrial activities into energy and/or raw materials and supplies. The objective of this transformation is to develop a sustainable model of low emissions through the development and transfer of appropriate technologies.

PAGE is also involved with the promotion of sustainable production and services and is collaborating with national partners on the greening of the activities of micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs)— which represent the largest productive activity in terms of employment—and on the promotion of sustainable production and services.

As PAGE is focused on creating an enabling environment for transformative change, projects like the Uruguay Circular Award provide concrete examples on how PAGE work on policy development connect with project implementation, generating tangible impacts for society.

Find out more on Uruguay Circular Award at: www.uruguaycircular.org