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 project for the restoration of used furniture and other materials in Malta amalgamated the environmental concern with a social context. People at risk of social exclusion received training in furniture renovation and in recycled creative crafts until they were able to carry out this activity independently. The idea was to assist people who encountered difficulty with securing employment given their particular personal circumstances. At the same time, this project extended the lifetime of furniture and other unwanted material which would otherwise have been disposed of. More information about this good practice

In Tampere Finland the primary and secondary schools get a marketing letter at the end and in the beginning of each school semester. The letter invites them to make an order and ask the environmental advisors to come to the school and give lessons of sustainable consumption, free of charge. For the younger pupils the lesson is more like telling them a story but for older pupils also some facts about natural resources and consumption are presented.

The activity take place in the separately collected fractions Center of Serra de' Conti (AN), where each citizen can go and  leave or collect reusable goods. Before the activation of the Center, only a part of the objects was reused, and the rest was destined to disposal. Today, in the center, called “L’Alligatore”, managed by the Municipality, also thanks to the help of some volunteers (pensioners, etc. ..), the majority of the objects, after a reuse compatibility examination, are “REUSED”, accounts for more than 2% of total waste generated. The trend is in constant growth. The main objective is reducing…
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 10:00

037 Marche Region: Home Composting, Italy

Written by Nando Cingolani

The organic fraction represents the 25-40% of urban waste produced by households. Usually, this quantity is designed to the disposal.

An action, that foresees the home composting in residential extensive areas (open country), can provide a sensitive reduction of waste quantity produced by households,  and a saving in economic terms.

Home composting seems to be the most advantageous system, in economic and environmental terms, for  the areas of low population density. The objective was double: Subtracting around 131 kg/year pro-capite to waste cycle, and producing approximately 53 kg/year of compost;   Increasing citizen awareness  to organic waste prevention.

 

The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is a 3-year project supported by the LIFE+ Program of the European Commission organised from 2009 still ongoing. Each year the Week took place across Europe at the end of November. The idea of the European Week for Waste Reduction is to promote waste reduction during a whole week by coordinating awareness-raising actions organised by a variety of actors (administrations/public authorities, associations/NGOs, businesses/industry, educational establishments, etc.) and targeted at a variety of audiences (the general public, employees, schoolchildren, etc.). More information about this good practice
REEL TIME film festival is an environmental education project in which movies are used as a medium for young people to express their opinions about consumerism. The target group is junior high school students. A wide variety of films in the form of documentary, fiction, and animation were produced and shown during the festival. More information about this good practice
Tuesday, 31 May 2011 09:32

075 TRSWM: Reel Time film festival, Finland

Written by Päivi Koro

REEL TIME film festival is an environmental education project in which movies are used as a medium for young people to express their opinions about consumerism. The target group is junior high school students. A wide variety of films in the form of documentary, fiction, and animation were produced and shown during the festival.

The Re-use Park was started in 2007. First all visitors pass by the three specialised (building material, second hand and repaired goods) shops within the area, after that they enter the re-use station under roof, with three lanes for cars. There they are asked if they have something to donate to second-hand sales. Products that are in good condition could then be sold for re-use in the thrift shops located at the entrance. The rest is sorted into different waste fractions for materials recycling or energy recovery. The park means that 5,5 % of materials that otherwise should have been recycled…

In 2006, year of beginning of Fair Hotel project, in Piemonte Region, 2.270.000 tons of urban waste have been produced (522 kg/inhabitant), and the 40,8% of them have been collected separately. Over the 30% of the whole waste produced is represented by packaging. From here, the choice to start experimental projects to reduce this typology of waste.  

The main objective is reducing waste packaging production in hotels, without structural interventions but through easy changes (i.e. not using single-dose product for bedrooms and breakfast products). The aim of the project was not related to quantity reduction but – after the pilot action – to promote the project on regional territory through the involvement of professional associations. 

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. More information about this good practice