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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Closed-Loop Gardening in Flanders

21/05/2012 - Municipalities in the region of Flanders (Belgium) promote closed-loop gardening for their citizens in both urban and rural areas. The action began in 1992 with the development of a comprehensive home composting programme. Over the years, new and additional aspects of bio-waste prevention were included, expanding the programme to its current form.

Cooperation agreements between the participating municipalities form its basis. PAYT-systems serve as an incentive to decrease the amount of (bio-)waste given for collection, while com...

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17/05/2012 - A study carried out in collaboration with SEAPFA, Aulnay sous Bois, ADEME and the Ile-de-France Region assessed the technical and financial feasibility of selective collection from households and other economic players in the area. Using data from the French communes of Aulnay sous Bois and Blanc-Mesnil, the study adapted a 2010 Syctom survey of bio-waste generation and management to a more local scale.

In total,...

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