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16/07/2012 - Unwanted clothing has become one of the disadvantages of the global "fast fashion" movement, where supply chains are moving at increasingly higher speed to deliver trendy, affordable fashion to consumers of all ages – and force virtually new garments into landfills almost immediately. According to a poll released by British retailer Marks & Spencer, one in five British consumers have dumped clothing worn only a single time into…
Thursday, 12 July 2012 13:35

Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources

12/07/2012 - On 27 June 2012, the Scottish Government unveiled an innovative programme to encourage people to waste less and reuse more.  Titled ‘Safeguarding Scotland’s Resources’, the consultation puts forward a set of proposals on working with businesses, product design and packaging, reuse, and influencing behaviour change. Similar in its approach to the Brussels Waste Management Plan, the programme sets ambitious reduction targets, aiming to cut Scotland’s total waste from…
03/07/2012 - The European Resource Efficiency Platform (EREP), launched by Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnik on 5 June 2012, aims to provide high-level guidance and advice on policy measures designed to transform the European economy towards a more sustainable growth path. The Platform will determine how the vision and milestones of the Commission's Roadmap to a resource-efficient Europe, including decoupling resource use and its impacts from economic growth, are to be…
27/06/2012 - On 19 June 2012, the awards ceremony for the 2011 European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) took place in Paris before 450 attendees, closing the project’s final conference. The ceremony rewarded the most outstanding awareness-raising actions implemented during the 2011 EWWR, and included a congratulatory message by the EU Commissioner for the Environment, Mr. Janez Potočnik. From 89 nominees out of 7035 actions from 32 countries throughout Europe,…
Friday, 22 June 2012 13:34

UK Food Waste Prevention Progress

22/06/2012 - New research from UK waste organisation WRAP says increased availability of smaller pack sizes, clearer date labelling and improved storage guidance are all helping consumers to reduce the €15bn worth of food they waste. The WRAP Retailer Survey 2012 looked at 12,000 products across 20 different categories where food waste has traditionally been high. It found that the food industry is making good progress towards making it easier…
19/06/2012 - Prepare an original meal without having to shop for new ingredients: that is the concept of Left2Cook, a new app that offers easy and delicious recipes based on what you already have in your fridge. Left2Cook has the same structure as an online cookbook, but it works just the opposite way: the ingredients already in the house determine which recipe ideas are possible. This makes it very convenient…
15/06/2012 - According to a new report by the World Bank, annual global waste is set to rise from 1.3 billion tonnes to 2.2bn tonnes by 2025, posing challenges on a scale with climate change. A big rise in global municipal solid waste is expected, from the current 1.2kg per person per day to 1.4kg in 2025. The report “What a Waste: A Global Review of Solid Waste Management” estimates…
Tuesday, 12 June 2012 13:48

Food Waste - A Global Challenge

12/06/2012 - The European Environment Agency puts special focus on the issue of food waste. Around one third of the food produced globally is lost or wasted. When more than one billion people around the world go to bed feeling hungry, it is impossible not to ask what can be done. But food waste is not only a missed opportunity to feed the hungry. It also represents a substantial loss…
Friday, 08 June 2012 08:06

Launch of the European EPR Club

The European “EPR Club” was launched in Brussels on June 4, 2012, at a high-profile event under the official patronage Mr Janez Potočnik, European Commissioner for the Environment. Sponsored by SITA, the event targeted key stakeholders such as public authorities, producers, distributors, waste management companies, EPR schemes, NGOs and academics as well as the European Institutions to promote this new platform for exchange and debate about Extended Producer Responsibility in…
05/06/2012 - In 2004, COVAR 14, the public institution in charge of the waste management in 19 municipalities in the Italian Province of Turin, launched a campaign (repeated in 2006) to introduce a door-to-door waste collection scheme. This new collection system was accompanied by a wide range of prevention activities to involve all citizens and municipalities in raising awareness for waste reduction and promoting good waste prevention practices. The participating…