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Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:20

Campus Composting at Bristol University

22/03/2012 – After the successful introduction of food waste collections at all student accommodation sites of Bristol University, two new composting schemes have been rolled out at the University over the last months, preventing bio-waste from ending-up in the garbage bin. In early 2011, ‘Sustainability’, Bristol University’s team responsible for implementing environmental improvements, installed a ‘Rocket’ compost machine at one of the student houses. The Rocket works by speeding up…
06/03/2012 – The latest report from the European Retail Forum for Sustainability shows retailers taking the environment into consideration in their business decisions more actively than ever. Companies in the forum are paying more attention to the greening of their supply chains, sustainable distribution systems and the use of renewable energies. This shows that environmental responsibility increasingly make business sense and contributes to EU policies to promote sustainable consumption and…
The European Commission recently published a study aiming at supporting EU Member States for the design and implementation of waste prevention programmes. Indeed, the Waste Framework Directive (Directive EC/2008/98) imposes Member States to adopt such waste prevention programmes by the end of 2013. This study include information aimed primarily at national policymakers, but can be adapted to feed regional or local waste prevention programmes. The document starts with a bit…
04/04/2012 - Supermarkets have lots of food that need to be taken off shelves daily: stock that needs to rotate, surplus food like bananas with brown spots, or refrigerated items that have to make place for the new delivery. The supermarkets cannot sell these products, and while they sometimes donate them to food banks, more often than not they toss them in the bin. Now, France-based project Zéro Gâchis is…
01/03/2012 - The fourth issue of the "Pre-waste in brief", the Pre-waste project newsletter, is online. In this issue, you will discover the first Pre-waste good practicesreleased, the outlines of the Pre-waste monitoring web tool, a focus article on two Pre-waste partners - the Municipality of Karslkrona and Tampere Regional Solid Waste Management Ltd, the presenation of another project related to waste prevention: the European Week for Waste Reduction. Read the…
02.03.2012 - The LIFE programme - the EU’s funding instrument for the environment - will celebrate its 20th anniversary in May this year (2012). In order to celebrate this event properly, the LIFE units warmly invite all LIFE projects, past or present, to organise an open day in May and communicate to stakeholders, local public and media about LIFE projects they are involved in. Along its existence, LIFE has generated…
15.02.2012 - Lancé à l’automne 2011 par l’association française Passerelles.info avec le soutien notamment de l’ADEME (Agence française pour l’environnement et la maîtrise de l’énergie), ce programme d’éducation environnementale vise à sensibiliser les élèves à l’intérêt écologique et économique du compostage. Reposant sur un guide « clef en main » à destination des enseignants d’école primaire et des  formations, ce programme a déjà rencontré un succès indéniable : son expérimentation…
2.02.2012 - The European Commission launched a public consultation in 2011 asking for individuals and businesses to give their views on whether the European Union should tax or altogether ban plastic carrier bags in order to tackle rising levels of plastic waste. An unprecedented 15,000 EU citizens responded to the public consultation, which ran between May and August of last year. Around 500 public authorities, industry associations, NGOs and academic…
31.01.2012 - Since the beginning of the year, the Urban Community of Grand Besançon has become the first city with over 50 000 inhabitants to adopt a “pay as you throw” scheme (PAYT) for finance waste treatment - and reduce the volume of residual household waste (OMR) . From late January, a bill simulator will be available by logging onto the website of the city. In May 2012, 117.000 people…
According to the “State and outlook 2015” report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), “waste management is improving but Europe remains far from a circular economy”. The report explains that the EU appears to be progressing towards its 2020 objective of achieving a decline in waste generated per capita. But waste management will need to change radically in order to phase out completely the landfilling of recyclable or recoverable waste.…
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