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.

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 charge). The course is 1h or 2 h 45 minutes long. For the young student, the mascot Ferda or a glove puppet is used. During the lesson material and tool kit is distributed to teachers and kids for further use. In some regions partners such as youth centres contribute with additional games or competitions.

See also: Cluster SPCII: Waste prevention in schools

Promotion of decentralised composting in Brussels Capital Region, including Individual garden composting of garden and kitchen waste Individual vermicomposting (indoor composting of kitchen waste with worms) Community composting Target of the 2010 Waste plan is to reduce garden waste by 5 kg/inhab/year by 2013 and by 12kg/inhab/year (12,000 T) by 2020 compared to 2005. This involves maintaing a compost master network, providing information tools and supporting community composting projects. More information about this good practice
The aim of the project called IDEAL79 is to reduce the amount of residual waste collected by 10% in 3 years by increasing professionals and households awareness on waste prevention. This project aims at reducing the amount and the toxicity of waste production by acting on the design stage and encouraging sustainable consumption. It also have qualitative objectives: -       Design a real dynamic between institutional,  economical and associative actors; -       Implant a sustainable consumption culture to these actors and also to the population More information about this good practice
The goal of the project is to change the behaviour of pupils and the school as a whole to produce less waste, more specifically: consume less paper and thus reduce paper waste generation. Teachers/Schools who wish to engage a class or the entire school in actions in favour of environmental protection can obtain assistance from Brussels Environment subcontractors on paper consumption reduction. Other topics covered by other school projects include drinking container waste reduction (for primary schools only), and from now on also food wastage reduction and general waste prevention (for primary and secondary schools)energy and noise. To engage in…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 11:49

Cluster Marche Region: Nappies

Written by Adele Berionni

Disposable nappies make up half of the household waste produced by families with a new baby. Each infant will have used on average 4000 to 6000 nappies by the age of two and a half, contributing over a tonne of waste to landfill. Disposable nappies take 500 years to fully decompose, releasing methane in the process.

In Italy, Colorno Municipality promote the project "Kids Light" involving families with three-years old babies and local nursery to introduce the washable nappies. The company that manages the nursery has an obligation to use durable and biodegradable nappy and teachers and school staff were informed and trained properly. GP 47 “KIDS LIGHT, WASHABLE NAPPIES IN THE NURSERY AND INCENTIVES FOR FAMILIES” ITALY

In United Kingdom, Milton Keynes city, a guide for parents was created, feturing step by step instructions to simplify the switch to reusable nappies and detailed local information on suppliers as well as laundering services. GP 82 “THE REAL NAPPY COMPAIGN” UNITED KINGDOM

(no cluster factsheet)

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Since 1993, the IBGE legally requires regional public administrations to take into account a series of environmental and waste management considerations in their procurement decisions and office management. These requirements are consistent with those at national and European level. The IBGE follows the implementation of the regional legal texts (circulars) by supervising and supporting the administrations concerned. It provides informative web pages, a help desk (via email), training sessions, technical guides, examples of specifications and awareness raising tools like posters and videos. The first regional ministerial circular for eco-consumption and waste management (8 July 1993) focused on paper, hazardous waste,…
The project was a long term information campaign targeted at the middle and high schools at Halmstad municipality, Sweden. Within the campaign the food was weighed four times (January 2009, May 2009, October 2009 and a control in November 2010). The campaign was designed as a contest between the schools where the one throwing away the least at each weighing won. On average the schools reduced their waste with 13 %. Controls also show that the reduction seems to be permanent. More information about this good practice

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.

See other factsheets about food waste prevention.

•    Love Food Hate Waste campaign at national level (Pre-waste factsheet 83)

•    KliMatsmart - Reducing Food waste in school restaurants in Sweden (Pre-waste Factsheet 29)

•    Marche Food Desk provides food surpluses to needy people in Italy (Pre-waste Factsheet 44)

•    Coaching Families in food waste prevention in Belgium (Pre-waste Factsheet 55)

•    Eurest Services in Sweden reducing food waste in restaurant chain (Pre-waste factsheet 106)

•    “Dosa Certa” promoting food waste reduction in Restaurants in Portugal (Pre-waste factsheet 86)


GreenCook project (interreg IVB 2010-2013) inter-sectoral partnership for food waste prevention www.green-cook.org

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. More information about this good practice For a detailed Video of the project click here (In…

Research by the Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP) has shown that consumers in the UK throw away the equivalent of one in every three bagfuls of food shopping– or a third of the food they buy each year, and most of this could have been eaten.

In autumn 2007, WRAP launched the Love Food Hate Waste campaign which aims to help consumers cut back on the food they waste through raising awareness and by offering easy-to-action advice.

(no cluster factsheet)

083 TRSWM: Love Food Hate Waste campaign at national level

004 TRSWM: Love Food Hate Waste Campaign in North London