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12/11/2012 - On 7 November, over 200 experts from European cities and regions gathered at the Committee of the Regions, in Brussels (Belgium), in order to find out more about the results of the Pre-waste project. The European Waste and Resource Days (8-7/11/2012), organised by ACR+, Brussels Environment, the Committee of the Regions and the RREUSE network, were a key momentum to share expertise on waste prevention among local and…
25/10/2012 - According to an extensive member survey undertaken by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) presented in this year’s CIWM report, waste prevention and reuse strategies are considered to be the number one issue to address in order to achieve successful resource-led waste management solutions over the next five years. With the European directives and the waste hierarchy in mind, these results do not come unexpectedly. Landfill taxes…
23/10/2012 - After an 8-months test phase starting in January, the Urban Community of Besançon has decided to stay with its incentive fees system consisting of a fixed (50%) and variable part, calculated by weight. According to the Community, the incentive fee only costs 1,40 euros per inhabitant, whereas the old system was costing 77 euros on average, with an annual increase of nearly 2% in recent years. Besides these…
15/10/2012 - Results recently released by WRAP, indicate significant progress has been made by grocery sector signatories towards reaching its ambitious Courtauld targets. The Courtauld Commitment 2 is a voluntary agreement between the UK grocery sector and the government waste body WRAP, aimed at improving resource efficiency and reducing the carbon and wider environmental impact of the UK grocery retail sector. Waste reduction targets concerning 3 waste streams – packaging…
Thursday, 11 October 2012 10:04

Retailers take action to prevent food waste

11/10/2012 - On the annual event of the European Retail Forum for Sustainability, Retailers decided to take voluntary action in the fight against food waste.The European Retail Forum is a voluntary multi-stakeholder platform open to all retailers, which has the aims of generating a better understanding of the practical measures needed to promote sustainable consumption and resource efficiency. It is intended to facilitate the exchange of best practices on sustainability…
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 09:43

Scotland launches national food waste campaign

10/10/2012 - According to the Scottish Government, one-fifth of the food and drinks bought by Scottish households is thrown away. This avoidable food waste costs the average Scottish household £430 a year and creates harmful greenhouse gases. As a consequence the Scottish Government recently launched a national campaign to encourage people across Scotland to help combating the environmental and financial impact of food waste. The campaign provides households with simple…
01/10/2012 – 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste, amounting to a loss of more than $165 billion dollars, says a recent report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. According to the report, the average American throws away $28-433 worth of food each month, creating around 20 pounds of food waste. Nearly all of the wasted food – over 33 million tons - ends up in landfills, where…
25/09/2012 - The fourth edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction will take place between 17 and 25 November 2012. This initiative, which started in 2009 with the support of the European Commission, aims at stimulating and gathering awareness raising actions on waste prevention. In most countries, registrations are now open (for instance in Brussels since March, in France, Catalonia and Porto Region at the beginning of September), allowing…
Friday, 31 August 2012 13:55

Social enterprises to tackle food waste

31/08/2012 - Combining an efficient business model and a charitable purpose, a young British company helps to prevent food waste on the market and gives inspiration to other initiatives. Jenny Dawson's social enterprise, Rubies in the Rubble, is based on coming up with solutions to her twin concerns of food waste and finding employment opportunities for women who have fallen on hard times and need a helping hand to rebuild…
30/08/2012 - In a recent report, the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) estimated that more than half the bulky waste taken to household waste and recycling centres (HWRCs) and more than 40% of bulky items collected at the kerbside could be reused. WRAP has calculated that of the bulky items taken to the HWRC, 32% is reusable in its current condition and another 10% requires only slight repair. For…