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.

Within the European Union, a number of national initiatives aiming to reduce the use of plastic carrier bags to a minimum exist. They range from taxes on packaging and waste disposal (whose costs the producers usually pass on to the consumers), through fees for plastic carrier bags (going e.g. to a recycling fund), to voluntary labelling of plastic carrier bags and labelling of biodegradable bags. These measures are in some cases supported and promoted by media campaigns, e.g. for the use of reusable bags.

In Belgium, an eco-tax has been applied to disposable bags, kitchen utensils, food wrap and aluminium foil, the "picnic tax", from 2007.

In Romania, an eco-tax has been applied to non-biodegradable plastic bags from 2009.

In Spain, a communication campaign was implemented between 2005 and 2008 with the aim of changing consumers behaviour regarding their use of plastic bags.

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The German Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung - VerpackV)  January 1, 2009,  has the purpose  to avoid and to reduce the environmental impacts of waste arising from packaging. It sets the minimum packaging quota for reusable drink packaging and one-way packaging containers deemed ‘ecological advantageous’ must be namely 80%.  This quota target mainly glass and plastics, in particular mineral water and beer. The market share for reusable drink containers in Germany is 45% for water and carbonated drinks and 89% for beer, with an overall market share of 50%. The loss rate, due to the breakage or scrapping of reusable containers is…

The ecomoebel GmbH is network for the reconditioning and marketing of used furniture. Under the brand “ZweitSinn” (meaning second purpose) it has established a recycling design co-operation [business] that brings together waste managers and waste collectors, designers, furniture producers and sellers resulting in a successful co-operation of these agents.

The aim of the recycling design business ZweitSinn is to organise a platform where suppliers of used materials (old furniture, chipboards etc.), producers with the experience and ability to work with used materials, designers who have specified in so called recycling design and sellers in areas where a demand for unusual but high quality and environmentally friendly furniture design exists can “meet” and design, produce and sell re-design furniture.

See other Factsheets on reuse:

•    R.U.S.Z - Repair and Service Center in Austria (Prewaste factsheet 10)

•    Alelyckan Re-use Park in Sweden (Pre-waste Factsheet 30)

•    Reuse Centre L’Alligatore in Italy (Pre-waste Factsheet 38)

•    Guide for repairing, selling & reusing goods in Rennes, France (Pre-waste factsheet 50)

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. More information about this good practice
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 11:56

056 ORDIF: Travelling books, France

Written by Jean-Benoît BEL

"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.

For more information (in French): http://gdeam.com/articles.php?lng=fr&pg=1162

The Regional policies in the Marche Region, about waste prevention and management have included among the priority objectives the promotion and support of actions in order to raise awareness, to informe and to educate citizens and in particular young people. Among the many initiatives launched on these themes one of the most significant involves the opening of five Ludoteca RIU’. A Ludoteca Riù begins as a centre of enhancement, through play, of easily-reusable goods and materials. It is an operational workshop of creative learning activities, and a place for the diffusion of a re-use culture through a different, optimistic and…

The German Packaging Ordinance (Verpackungsverordnung - VerpackV)  January 1, 2009,  has the purpose  to avoid and to reduce the environmental impacts of waste arising from packaging. It sets the minimum packaging quota for reusable drink packaging and one-way packaging containers deemed ‘ecological advantageous’ must be namely 80%.  This quota target mainly glass and plastics, in particular mineral water and beer.

The market share for reusable drink containers in Germany is 45% for water and carbonated drinks and 89% for beer, with an overall market share of 50%. The loss rate, due to the breakage or scrapping of reusable containers is between 3-5%.

Since 1999, a sticker is available for the mailbox of Brussels residents by which they can choose not to receive unaddressed advertisements and/or free newspapers. The sticker received legal backing through a regional decree, which entitles individuals to file a complaint if they receive unwanted advertising and/or newspapers in their mailbox despite having placed the sticker. At present, the sticker can be requested for free by phone or email from Brussels Environment. A complaint can easily be filed by completing an online form or sending a letter to Brussels Environment. More information about this good practice
Tuesday, 07 June 2011 13:34

107 Marche Region: LUDOTECA RIU' ITALY

Written by Adele Berionni

The Regional policies in the Marche Region, about waste prevention and management have included among the priority objectives the promotion and support of actions in order to raise awareness, to informe and to educate citizens and in particular young people.

Among the many initiatives launched on these themes one of the most significant involves the opening of five Ludoteca RIU’.

A Ludoteca Riù begins as a centre of enhancement, through play, of easily-reusable goods and materials. It is an operational workshop of creative learning activities, and a place for the diffusion of a re-use culture through a different, optimistic and constructive way of “living” ecological themes

This project was launched for the French National Plan for waste prevention in order to obtain national data on the evolution of eco-consumption possibilities for French households. The aim of this project is to follow the offer of eco-friendly products in supermarkets compared to their less environmental counterparts in France. A methodology has been developed  to measure the “waste content” of different trolleys (the best ones and the worst ones in terms of waste) for different sizes of households. Several "shopping-trolleys" were identified to do so: an "average trolley" for a 2.3-people household, a "mini waste" and a "maxi waste" trolley for…