Detailed factsheets
Detailed factsheets

A first batch of detailed waste prevention factsheets was uploaded here during the European Week for Waste Reduction between 19 and 27 November 2011.

In the following weeks some 50 Good Practice factsheets will be available here.

Each PDF factsheet presents on about 7 pages: the local context, how the action was implemented, resources used, results obtained, recommendations and similar actions elsewhere.

Among these 50 cases some 27 have been identified as best practices.

Monday, 13 June 2011 09:59


Written by Kenneth Gyllensting

11 families were coached to higher life quality, and subjected to seven life style challenges

·         Food - sustainable food habits

·         Waste - prevention of hosehold waste

·         Consumption - a green white Christmas

·         Energy - energy smart at home

·         Chemicals - poison free life

·         Shorter travelling - new habits

·         Free time - get out and enjoy

Of these challenges food (less food waste), household waste, consumption and chemicals had implications for the pre-waste project.. Most focus here is given to the household waste challenge.

On average the families reduced their waste with 25% during the project.

Monday, 13 June 2011 09:49

036_Karlskrona_Clothes_Library DRAFT

Written by Adele Berionni

The Clothes library (lånegarderoben) works as a library where you can borrow clothes instead of books. The idea is that you should be able to renew your wardrobe without increased consumption.

A membership costs 400 SEK (40 Euro) for 6 months. You can then borrow three itemsfor three weeks at a time. You get washing instructions and ruined items have to be replaced.

The Menu Dose Certa Project allows participating restaurants to adopt best environmental, nutritional and food stocks management practices, from the purchase of foodstuffs until the preparation of meals. After continued monitoring of their waste reduction restaurants are granted a "Dose Certa" certification.

The project followed to first case studies in two restaurants in 2008 and 2010, and now involves 3 restaurants over 2 years starting in 2011.

For each restaurant it involves

  • Registration phase;
  • Initial diagnosis phase – Evaluation of the basis situation at environmental, nutritional and food stocks managment
  • Training and good practices implementation phase ;
  • Final  diagnosis phase – Evaluation of the “post awareness” situation at environmental, nutritional and food stocks managment;
  • “Dose Certa” Certificate attribution;
  • Monitoring phase.

Given that plastic bags are easy to use and very practical, people tend to overuse them and thus contribute to the production of more plastic waste. People consume them and them abandom them on the street, don´t deposit the remains in the right container. CICLOPLAST has decided to address not necessarily the issues of plastic bags and its malicious impact on the environment, but mainly the inadequate conduct people show in respect of plastic bags consumption.

Karlskrona municipality has 64.500 inhabitants.

All households need to have waste collection via the municipality. The collection and treatment is financed 100% by fees, and no tax is allocated. The households are supposed to sort the packages (most fractions) at 53 recycling stations all over the municipality, as well as at Bubbetorp Recycling Central (all fractions).

The standard collection includes two trash bins per household. One green for sorted combustible waste and one brown for organic kitchen waste. If you compost the organic waste yourself you get a fee reduction of about 40%. You need to apply for a permit at the municipality Environment and health department to secure that a professional composting device (for instant rodent safe) is used. For those using the bin for organic kitchen waste, the material is composted centrally with peak technology at the municipality recycling central.

Thursday, 09 June 2011 10:13

073 TRSWM: Education on back-yard composting

Written by Päivi Koro

Back-yard composting training is given for residents who compost or would like to learn compost their biowaste at home. The training session takes about two hours. Residents can gather a small group of people and make arrangements with TRSWM for the composting expert to give them composting training. The training is free of charge.

"Travelling books" ("Passe-livres") is an annual campaign initiated and led by an local environmental association in Montreuil-sur-Mer, North of France. The main objective of this operation is to increase public awareness on waste generation by showing that cultural products can also generate waste. The idea of Travelling books is to give them a second life by exchanging them in several places in the city during the European week for waste reduction. The first operation was held in 2008 and is expected to be renewed next year. More information about this good practice For more detailed information (in French):

The factsheet is a draft version. Further information are expected so that it can be completed.

This action aims at increasing shopkeepers and artisans' awareness on their waste generation. Initiated and led by both the local authority of Coglais Communauté and an NGO called la Passiflore, the action has been done in 4 steps: recruitement of artisans and shopkeepers, personal diagnosis of their waste production, proposition of a list of preventive actions for each category of shop and agreement from the shopkeeper to do some of the proposed actions.

In total, 40 shops were involved and around 55 actions were identified.

The local campaign in North London was based upon UK-wide research and a campaign by WRAP. The research showed that households could save up to £50 per month by reducing their food waste and that nationally around a third of all the food we buy ends up being thrown away, most of which could still have been eaten. The campaign involved a variety of activities (which have been based upon effective campaigns delivered in other areas) including:food waste roadshows, a recipe competition for residents, community kitchen workshops, events with local businesses, a media campaign and a new website. More information…
The action "Let's do it with Ferda" is a pilot project inside the Estonian environment education programme of waste reduction for pupils in basic level. For that the educational book "Ferda Reduces Waste" has been created for pupils and teachers. The first action took place the 24th of November 2009 in Pärnu Kuninga Basic school where 2h lecture have been held with some practical games about how to avoid and reduce waste at home and at school. All the Estonian schools and the kinder gardens can book the course and ask for a specialist contribution at the school (free of…