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03/12/2012 - The 18th edition of Greenpeace’s Guide to Greener Electronics has been released. The guide evaluates leading consumer electronics companies based on their commitment and progress in three environmental criteria: Energy and Climate, Greener Products, and Sustainable Operations. With the fast growing rate of electronics consumption, a major problem is the increasing amount of toxic e-waste that is created, causing a release of a lot of hazardous substances, mainly heavy…
30/11/2012 - On 29 November, the Pre-waste project was presented during a "Study Tour on waste management" held in Brussels, involving experts from the Western Balkans. Organised from 28 to 30 November by the European Commission, the aim of this study tour was to present the EU policy on waste management to local and regional authorities coming from the Western Balkans.  took this opportunity to present waste prevention good practices…
28/11/2012 - Defra, the UK Department for Environment, Food, and Rural Affairs needs to ‘think outside the recycling box’ and work with other departments if there is to be ambition in its Waste Prevention Plan, according to Craig Anderson, chief executive of the Furniture Reuse Network (FRN). Under the revised Waste Framework Directive, EU member states are required to develop a national waste prevention programme by December 2013. According to…
26/11/2012 - Quickly bought, and quickly thrown away, that is the life of our products … of which the lifetime keeps on reducing. The current throw-away-culture and programmed obsolescence are often quoted as culprits, but the lack of information on repair and good addresses are an important factor as well. To answer these needs, Friends of the Earth (France) has launched the website www.produitspourlavie.org, a register of addresses for borrowing,…
23/11/2012 - The Miniwaste final conference took place in Rennes (France) on 20-21 November 2012, in the middle of the European Week for Waste Reduction. Gathering around 170 participants, mainly bio-waste experts and decision makers, the conference exhibited the results of the project and highlighted the main tools public authorities can use to address bio-waste prevention at a local or regional scale. After three years of implementation, the Miniwaste project…
21/11/2012 - ADEME has published a technical book of 120 pages titled "Plan for the prevention and management of construction site waste - Elaboration and follow-up." As its name suggests, the aim is to support state services in the management of construction waste. The publication attempts to present lessons learned and general recommendations, illustrated by the feedback from the Languedoc-Roussillon region of Normandy and Brittany. The presented methodology, but also…
19/11/2012 - After three successful editions, the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) will run for the fourth time between 17 and 25 November 2012, with the aim of informing European citizens about the simple actions that they can take in everyday life to reduce their waste. The fourth EWWR edition will take place under the patronage of Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. Several Pre-waste partners are actively…
19/11/2012 - Biffa has become the first waste management operator to support the Waste & Resources Action Programme's (WRAP) hospitality and food service agreement. It thereby joins 110 leading UK hospitality businesses such as Devere Group, Marstons, ISS, Mitie and QHotels. WRAP hope their agreement , which was launched in June, can cut food and associated packaging waste by 5%, the equivalent of approximately 100 million meals and reduce CO2…
16/11/2012 - The European Commision recently published a document outlining the range of policy options EU Members states can take when drawing up waste prevention plans. The ‘Preparing a Waste Prevention Programme’ guidance is designed to support Member States developing policies intended to push waste up the waste hierarchy. It highlights a range of best practices and examples of national and regional measures that have successfully been employed. Under the…
14/11/2012 - The new United Nations hunger report, which was recently jointly published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP), shows that one in eight people, almost 870 million, are still suffering from chronic malnutrition. Thus although the number of undernourished people declined by 132 million people (from 18.6 to 12.5 per cent of the world’s population)…