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Thursday, 26 April 2012 10:59

Composting: Learn a Lesson from Besançon

26/04/2012 - The French city of Besançon is getting serious in its efforts to reduce waste. A new experiment in six schools is set to compost the considerable amount of bio-waste generated by their cafeterias: each week, Besançon’s 61 school cafeterias produce 2 tonnes of compostable waste. Over the course of one year, different forms of composting will be tested in order to evaluate which are the most suitable methods…
23/03/2012 - Top performing EU Member States have recycling rates of up to 70 % and bury virtually nothing, whilst some EU countries still landfill more than three-quarters of their waste. According to a new report from the European Commission, it is by combining economic instruments that the best performers have turned waste from a problem into a resource. These economic instruments will need to be introduced more widely across…
18/04/2012 - The Commission has launched a public consultation to gather views on the 7th EU Environmental Action Programme (7th EAP), which will set out priority objectives to be pursued up until 2020. Citizens, Member States and all other stakeholders are invited to express their opinion on what the EU can do to better protect our environment and sustain our prosperity within the planet's limits, and where the biggest impact…
Friday, 20 April 2012 08:10

Reducing Food Waste for Chicken Feed

20/04/2012 - A French village has hatched a creative idea to cut down on food waste: Two chickens will be given to each interested household. Reminiscent of a Flemish scheme that encourages citizens to raise chickens in their suburban gardens, in the case of the city of Pincé the plan started out as a joke which turned into a reality when the responsible officials realised its great potential. Each year,…
Friday, 06 April 2012 14:16

Cracking Down on Easter Waste

06/04/2012 - Since their development in early19th century France and Germany, chocolate Easter eggs have quickly become seasonal bestsellers. In Italy, 40 million eggs equalling 6.848 tons of chocolate were consumed in 2010. As the chocolate egg has since its first appearance developed from the simple type wrapped in paper to the beribboned variety wrapped in brightest foil and packed in a box or basket, it leads to vast amounts…
16/04/2012 - The communication of environmental information to consumers aims to change their behaviours by making them think smarter and take more sustainable decisions. In order to have an impact and achieve this objective, three main conditions have to be met: 1. Adequate knowledge has to be available 2. Positive attitude to change 3. Access to sufficiently attractive alternatives. The study on different options for communicating environmental information for products…
Friday, 30 March 2012 08:51

Municipal Waste Data 2010

30/03/2012 - Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published data on municipal waste for 2010. In the EU27, 502 kg of municipal waste was generated per person. Landfill is still the most common way of treatment, accounting for nearly 40% of municipal waste treated. Other forms are recycling (25%), composting (25%) and incineration (22%). The treatment methods differ substantially between Member States. While almost 100% of municipal…
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 16:22

Too Good for the Bin

27/03/2012 - An experts’ conference on new strategies of food waste prevention involving stakeholders from all backgrounds – agriculture, retail, industry, consumers, and NGO’s – is taking place on 27 March in Berlin. It comes after a recent study by the University of Stuttgart produced the first detailed and reliable numbers concerning food waste in Germany. Aiming to reveal its true dimension, the study found that nationally nearly 11 million…
Thursday, 12 April 2012 14:00

Dropping Clothes Shopping

12/04/2012 - There is hardly any room left in your closet? You own enough clothes to dress an entire village? And yet you still have unworn items with the price tag still on? An initiative by Belgian fashion swapping website Swapping.be challenges women to go for an entire year without buying new clothes, shoes or accessories. Starting from April 1, 2012, those who sign up at www.stoppenmetshoppen.be declare to refrain…
16/03/12 - Unlike recycling which processes used materials into new products, remanufacturing aims to preserve an end-of-life product and to return it to like-new or better performance, often with a warranty to match. It differs from repair and refurbishment in that it is the only option that requires a full treatment process, involving more effort, time and cost. Since remanufacturing however guarantees the same or even better performance compared to…