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29/05/2012 - The annual meeting of the European Federation of Food Banks (FEBA) took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, from May 10 to 12, 2012. Members of European food banks met with representatives of the European Commission, the European Parliament and multinational food manufacturers to discuss the topic of partnerships with stakeholders in the food chain (producers, food industry, retailers). Considering the increasing number of economically deprived people in the European…
Friday, 25 May 2012 08:12

Real Nappy Week 2012

25/05/2012 - New parents are sometimes put off using real nappies because they believe that they will take up too much time, are inconvenient and messy.  These popular misconceptions were addressed and disproved during this year’s international Real Nappy Week. Running alongside Real Diaper Week in the US, Real Nappy Week 2012 took place in many European countries between the 16th and 22nd of April, showing parents across the globe…
Wednesday, 23 May 2012 14:23

Shaking Up the Soft Drink Industry

23/05/2012 - The UK government has launched a research programme in conjunction with waste advisory body WRAP and the soft drinks industry to help the sector reduce both costs and its environmental impact. The collaboration aims to identify and tackle the "hotspots" along the industry's value chain in order to help firms cut down waste, save money and reduce on the use of natural resources. Valued at around £14bn the…
17/05/2012 - A study carried out in collaboration with SEAPFA, Aulnay sous Bois, ADEME and the Ile-de-France Region assessed the technical and financial feasibility of selective collection from households and other economic players in the area. Using data from the French communes of Aulnay sous Bois and Blanc-Mesnil, the study adapted a 2010 Syctom survey of bio-waste generation and management to a more local scale. In total, the study explored…
Monday, 21 May 2012 14:38

Closed-Loop Gardening in Flanders

21/05/2012 - Municipalities in the region of Flanders (Belgium) promote closed-loop gardening for their citizens in both urban and rural areas. The action began in 1992 with the development of a comprehensive home composting programme. Over the years, new and additional aspects of bio-waste prevention were included, expanding the programme to its current form. Cooperation agreements between the participating municipalities form its basis. PAYT-systems serve as an incentive to decrease…
Monday, 14 May 2012 08:35

New ISO Standard Targets Waste Flows

14/05/2012 - Many organisations are unaware of the full extent of the cost of their material losses because this data is often difficult to extract from conventional information, accounting and environmental management systems. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has launched a new standard that produces such precise and clear data that it can motivate managers to enhance material productivity and significantly reduce unnecessary waste far more effectively than through…
10/05/2012 - West London Waste Authority (WLWA) is preparing its first ever Let's Get Cooking club to teach people how they can reduce food waste. As part of a campaign to get people cooking in a more sustainable way, a total of 20 different clubs will be rolled out over a 12-month period and will cover all six partner boroughs - Richmond upon Thames, Hounslow, Hillingdon, Harrow, Ealing and Brent.…
07/05/2012 - The retailer Marks and Spencer has been collaborating with Oxfam for four years. They initiated together some projects such as the Oxfam Clothes Exchange which started in 2008 and still running. It consists on bringing the unwanted clothes to Oxfam in exchange of a £5 vouchers spendable at M&S stores. M&S affirms that every year, about 500.000 tons of clothes are sent to the landfill. In this regard,…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 11:24

A Second Life for Cardboard Boxes

03/05/2012 - The majority of cardboard boxes are sent to recycling after just one use. Not only that - many boxes simply go to waste due to overruns, misprints from manufacturers, distributors, and retailers. However, most of them are actually being prematurely terminated. A US American company has positioned itself to swoop right in, creating a new market for the used cardboard box. Truckloads of quality used boxes are bought…
30/04/2012 - According to sustainability experts involved in the Olympic Park construction programme, London 2012 organisers have missed a significant reuse opportunity. A lack of specific reuse targets meant that contractors were not incentivised to reclaim certain materials such as brick and steel from the demolition process. Furthermore, despite a commitment to a zero waste Olympic games, shops and suppliers at London 2012 will be able to hand out plastic…