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Thursday, 23 August 2012 08:07

UK economy threatened by raw material crisis

23/08/2012 - A consortium of business and environmental organisations launched a call to action to the UK government in a joint letter from the material security working group, which includes manufacturers' lobby group EEF, British Glass, the Packaging Federation, Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment, and the Resource Association. Claiming that increasing global demand coupled with rapidly degrading ecosystems is already putting pressure on supplies of some raw materials, the…
Monday, 15 October 2012 09:06

Reuse Centres in Flanders (Belgium)

15/10/2012 - The system of Reuse Centres originated in the Netherlands and was imported to Flanders in the early 1990s. The centres collect, sort, repair and resell a wide range of discarded products such as clothing, appliances, furniture, kitchenware, books, and bicycles. Used goods are systematically collected (pick-up at home, delivery), sorted into saleable and non-saleable items, thoroughly checked, repaired or refurbished, and finally sold. Re-use Centres in Flanders also…
13/09/2012 - In 2007, LIPOR, the authority responsible for the waste management of eight municipalities in the Porto region (Portugal), launched its Home Composting Project ‘Terra à Terra’. It aims to promote the reduction of organic waste in households, schools, institutions and companies in the area by distributing 10,000 composting bins. This way, up to 3,000 tonnes of bio-waste are estimated to be diverted from landfills and incineration per year.Every…
16/08/2012 - Research by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has shown that consumers in the UK throw away a third of the food they buy each year - most of which could have been eaten. The ‘Love Food, Hate Waste’ campaign was launched in 2007 to reduce the amount of food wasted by changing the shopping and cooking habits of British households. As preliminary studies showed that young…
01/08/2012 - Over 6.4 million tonnes of marine litter are estimated to pollute our oceans each year, with most waste originating from land – and trends suggesting increasing volumes. On 19 June 2012, governments, industry representatives and UN bodies launched a new partnership to tackle the damage caused by marine litter to the environment, livelihoods and human health. The Global Partnership on Marine Litter, led by the United Nations Environment…
26/07/2012 - As recently reminded by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), one-third of the food produced worldwide for human consumption is thrown away or lost, as well as the natural resources used for its production, amounting to roughly €540 billion in industrialised and €245 billion in developing countries. The problem and its solution appear even more urgent when put into the perspective that just one-fourth…
23/07/2012 - To date, life cycle assessments have allowed only a very limited evaluation of the ecological benefits of applying compost to agricultural land. A new study by the German ifeu-Institute and ahu AG Aachen aimed at analysing for life cycle assessments previously unquantifiable effects of compost application in agriculture, and integrating these findings into life cycle assessments.The following three areas were covered by the study:1. a soil impact assessment2.…
05/07/2012 - On 26 June 2012, PRO EUROPE, the European umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling schemes (‘Green Dot’), launched a new website, proeurope4prevention. It will serve as a platform showcasing a wide range of the waste prevention initiatives that PRO EUROPE members proposed to their clients over the past 15 years in order to improve packaging from an environmental point of view. These measures include,…
09/07/2012 - The European Commission has ruled that lifecycle impacts can take precedence over the waste hierarchy for certain materials under the revised Waste Framework Directive. Lifecycle thinking takes both the upstream and downstream benefits and trade-offs associated with goods and services into consideration. These include extraction of natural resources, material processing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and use. Under detailed guidance for the new waste hierarchy, the Commission has declared that,…
18/07/2012 - In 1992, the Swiss city of Zürich launched a comprehensive Community Composting (CC) programme in order to promote composting as the most suitable and beneficial solution for disposing of kitchen waste (and a small fraction of garden waste). Together with housing companies - which finance up to 70 per cent of the necessary infrastructure and equipment - Zürich provides advice and support to residents interested in establishing a…