23/07/2012 - To date, life cycle assessments have allowed only a very limited evaluation of the ecological benefits of applying compost to agricultural land. A new study by the German ifeu-Institute and ahu AG Aachen aimed at analysing for life cycle assessments previously unquantifiable effects of compost application in agriculture, and integrating the...

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18/07/2012 - In 1992, the Swiss city of Zürich launched a comprehensive Community Composting (CC) programme in order to promote composting as the most suitable and beneficial solution for disposing of kitchen waste (and a small fraction of garden waste).

Together with housing companies - which finance up to 70 per cent of the necessary infrastructure and equipment - Zürich provides advice and support to residents interested in establishing a Community Composting Park. The concept is simple: Compost silos, boxes or heaps (depending on the number of households invol...

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09/07/2012 - The European Commission has ruled that lifecycle impacts can take precedence over the waste hierarchy for certain materials under the revised Waste Framework Directive. Lifecycle thinking takes both the upstream and downstream benefits and trade-offs associated with goods and services into consideration. These include extraction of natural resources, material processing, manufacturing, marketing, distribution, and use.

Under detailed guidance for the new w...

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