25/10/2012 - According to an extensive member survey undertaken by the Chartered Institution of Wastes Management (CIWM) presented in this year’s CIWM report, waste prevention and reuse strategies are considered to be the number one issue to address in order to achieve successful resource-led waste management solutions over the next five years. With the European directives and the waste hierarchy in mind, these results do not come unexpectedly.

Landfill taxes and producer responsibility re...

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Monday, 15 October 2012 09:06

Reuse Centres in Flanders (Belgium)

15/10/2012 - The system of Reuse Centres originated in the Netherlands and was imported to Flanders in the early 1990s. The centres collect, sort, repair and resell a wide range of discarded products such as clothing, appliances, furniture, kitchenware, books, and bicycles.

Used goods are systematically collected (pick-up at home, delivery), sorted into saleable and non-saleable items, thoroughly checked, repaired or refurbished, and finally sold. Re-use Centres in Flanders also have a social function, offering job opportunities for long-term unemployed people and r...

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25/09/2012 - The fourth edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction will take place between 17 and 25 November 2012. This initiative, which started in 2009 with the support of the European Commission, aims at stimulating and gathering awareness raising actions on waste prevention.

In most countries, registrations are now open (for instance in Brussels since March, in France, Catalonia and Porto Region at the beginning of September), allowing organisations from the 5 following categories to register one or several actions:

  • Administration/public authority...
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