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TOS#32: Big Data & Smart Cities: How Data Technologies are changing the Recycling Landscape. With Marco Mattiello (Italy). | OrganicStream.org

TOS#32: Big Data & Smart Cities: How Data Technologies are changing the Recycling Landscape. With Marco Mattiello (Italy). | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The latest Organic Stream podcast episode is out, updated with part 2! In part one, we’re talking to Marco Mattiello of Contarina to explore how data technologies (“big data”) are changing the recycling and waste management landscape, focusing on their integration of an RFID tracking system into their recycling program has increased efficiency and improving engagement.


And part two brings you the highlights of the recent zero waste and circular economy events in Brussels, organised in response to the recent withdrawal of the waste policy package by the new European Commission."

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Eric.I's curator insight, April 14, 2015 9:53 AM

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Leakage to incineration among reasons waste package pulled | EUWID Recycling and Waste Management

Leakage to incineration among reasons waste package pulled | EUWID Recycling and Waste Management | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
EUWID Recyling and Waste Management - the compact information source with reports on price developments, company news and market analysis.Concerns about pushing too much waste toward incineration were among the reasons the European Commission decided to withdraw the proposed circular economy package, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told the European Parliament's Environment Committee earlier this week.

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How 125 million old smartphones are going to waste

How 125 million old smartphones are going to waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Your smartphone may be pretty clever, but it seems the processes for collecting old handsets are not: the vast majority are either dumped in landfill or left to gather dust in drawers. Reversing this trend could halve the carbon footprint of mobile devices and drive a second-hand market already worth $3bn a year in the US, a new report from Green Alliance has found."

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Circular Economy Report: £140m Potential for Recycling Fish Food from Whiskey Wastes

Circular Economy Report: £140m Potential for Recycling Fish Food from Whiskey Wastes | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new report by the Green Alliance has found that there is a £140 million opportunity to recycle wastes from whiskey into fish feed in Scotland – among a number of other industrial and economic opportunities of moving to a more circular economy.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Scotland seems to be leading the way for sustainability and the circular economy in the UK.

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Indonesia: Recycling for free healthcare

Indonesia: Recycling for free healthcare | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Healthcare for Indonesia’s 250 million people is a costly expense. However, a new initiative by a young doctor is proving popular in low-income communities. People need to collect non-organic rubbish, which is sold for recycling, or organic waste, which is turned into fertiliser, in exchange for free medical services at certain clinics. The money received goes into a “health…
The Organic Stream's insight:

A report by EuroNews on the award-winning Garbage Clinical Insurance program, founded by 25 year old doctor, Gamal Albinsaid.


A great example of turning waste into resource, and using that resource for social good.


Albinsaid's words from press release on their website:

"Garbage is the best solution, because almost every day , every person , and every home produces waste that is not used . What we do is make people mobilize their resources are wasted and not used , that is garbage, to improve access to health and destroy the barrier or barrier between access to public health."

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ISWA Blog: Is 70% Recovery Across the EU Achievable?

ISWA Blog: Is 70% Recovery Across the EU Achievable? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
David Newman, President of the International Solid Waste Association, questions whether the EU 70% recovery target is economically viable or desirable for Europe, and asks for your feedback on the matter. 
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President of the ISWA asks for feedback regarding the 70% recovery target, and whether it is economically viable or desirable for Europe to do so.

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CIWM launches circular economy report | Resource Magazine

CIWM launches circular economy report | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A lack of awareness of the principle and poor clarity of terminology of the circular economy are stalling its progression, finds new CIWM report.
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"A lack of awareness and poor clarity of terminology regarding the circular economy, along with feelings of ‘little’ or ‘fragmented’ leadership on the issue, were identified as key barriers to its take-up. Other hurdles identified included short-termism (41.7 per cent), economics (38.5 per cent), and lack of a policy framework (37.8 per cent)."


We need leadership and real-life examples of how the circular economy can operate for people to truly understand and grasp the concept - in business as well as everywhere else.

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EU legislation on packaging & packaging waste top of the agenda

EU legislation on packaging & packaging waste top of the agenda | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

By Jenny Eagle+, 08-Sep-2014

EuroPack kicked off the 10th anniversary of its summit in Lisbon, Portugal, this week with Europen (European Organization for Packaging and the Environment) discussing EU legislation on a packaging and packaging waste directive.

The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting discussion taking place on the future of packaging in Europe. Regulating the type and amount of packaging would dramatically reduce the amount of waste generated by industry and consumers.


But will the push for eco-packaging legislation sideline the other important functionalities of packaging, and how will it be implemented?

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Sharing economy in cities: moving towards a more inclusive urban future

Sharing economy in cities: moving towards a more inclusive urban future | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
From Chicago to Seoul, the sharing economy can transform business and cities, boosting urban resilience and sustainability
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Time to make our cities shareable: inclusiveness and connectivity are key to improving our cities, and policy makers play a huge role in making this happen.

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Indonesia's poor swap garbage for health care ("why didn't i think of this earlier; great exchange")

A new group of clinics on Indonesia's main island of Java are treating patients for free in exchange for rubbish, an innovative approach to broadening access to healthcare for the poorest as...

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The Organic Stream's insight:

A great example of the many ways we can use "waste" when it is given value and treated as a resource.

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Bert Guevara's curator insight, June 16, 2014 1:58 PM

As long as waste has value, it can be used in so many ways like this. Although health centers are free in the Philippines, medicine is not.

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Women in Ecuador Overcome Barriers in Family Nutrition and Farming

Women in Ecuador Overcome Barriers in Family Nutrition and Farming | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new initiative in Ecuador is feeding malnourished families while supporting local women smallholder farmers.
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A great example of a circular economic model and how it can benefit and support a whole community.

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Ian McAulay – “Government Departments Are Contradicting Each Other”

Ian McAulay – “Government Departments Are Contradicting Each Other” | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Viridor’s chief executive, Ian McAulay, has said that in some respects departments in government are contradicting each other, saying the demand for high quality materials but low commodity prices ...
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Ian McAulay supporting the idea of including extended producer responsibility as part of the new circular economy package in Europe.


“The current situation is one where predominantly products are put into market and one where consumers pay for product disposal, either directly or through their taxes. This is extremely inefficient and the incentives are all wrong – we are not talking about zero value waste but about negative value waste… Extended producer responsibility will reverse this situation… and it will generate the information, the incentives and the investment required to stop material becoming waste. And I believe that is what a circular economy requires.”

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Preventing Waste: recycling isn't enough for a circular economy

Preventing Waste: recycling isn't enough for a circular economy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The many social, environmental and economic benefits that would result from robust resource policies have been recognised by both the European Union and the governments of its member states. For example, by boosting re-use and repair of products, jobs are created while the impacts from mineral and metal extraction, incineration and landfill are avoided. But ambitions for encouraging re-use and repair, and the broader vision of a more resource-efficient and lowerconsuming Europe, appear to be at risk of being abandoned by policy-makers.

This briefing documents a series of community-led projects that are helping Europe to reduce its resource use and waste, and makes policy recommendations that would enable these best-practices to become the norm. The case studies show that it is often local, under-resourced communities, guided by principles of sustainability, that are at the forefront of improving resource use and waste prevention.


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Future of Europe’s circular economy mired in controversy

Future of Europe’s circular economy mired in controversy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker made a mistake in taking legislative package off the table, says architect of Europe’s circular economy strategy. Jo Confino reports
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In light of this controversy, Zero Waste Europe are to hold a workshop in Brussels next month (March 4th) to provide proof of the economic, social and environmental benefits of having an ambitious waste policy.


Let's hope the European Commission reconsiders.

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Green Alliance Opportunities to tackle Britain's labour market challenges

This research by economists at Green Alliance and WRAP demonstrates that, if Britain continues to develop its resource efficiency, the country's circular economy sector will create net jobs in regions where unemployment is higher, such as the North East and West Midlands, and among low to mid skilled occupations, where a higher rate of job losses are projected for the future.


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Maryland environmental officials introduce zero-waste plan

Maryland environmental officials introduce zero-waste plan | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The Maryland Department of the Environment introduces a 25-year zero-waste plan in an effort to reduce the amount of trash in the state.
The Organic Stream's insight:

Coverage of Maryland's (USA) new Zero Waste Plan (reaching for a zero waste goal by 2040).


Importantly, it highlights the concerns of a number of environmental groups that the state is set to continue promoting incineration as an option for waste disposal and renewable energy production.

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Scottish waste to landfill reaches ‘all-time low’ | Resource Magazine

Scottish waste to landfill reaches ‘all-time low’ | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New figures published by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency show that landfilling reached an ‘all-time low’ in 2012.
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Well done, Scotland! 

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Parties file suit over recycling contract in Indianapolis

Parties file suit over recycling contract in Indianapolis | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"RockTenn, a Norcross, Georgia-based papermaking and recycling company; Graphic Packaging Corp. (GPC), a Chicago-based papermaker; and Cathy Weinmann, a resident of Indianapolis, have filed a suit against the city of Indianapolis’ Public Works Department over its award of a large contract to the waste and recycling firm Covanta. The contract calls for Covanta, Morristown, New Jersey, to build and operate a large mixed waste processing facility in the city adjacent to Covanta’s existing waste-to-energy (WTE) plant."

The Organic Stream's insight:

"Other opponents of the contract say Covanta will focus its efforts on using the material collected from the city for its WTE facility, causing fewer recyclables to reach end markets. Additionally, opponents say the collection and processing of recyclables mixed with waste will result in lower quality material, ultimately making potentially recyclable material only usable for the WTE plant."


This is a step backwards for Indianapolis. Collecting mixed waste to be fed into a Waste To Energy incineration facility destroys the hard work already done to promote separate collection and support true sustainability. 


Covanta are also constructing the controversial WTE incinerator in Dublin, Ireland, that local councillors and residents have been campaigning against for years.

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Banning food waste: companies in Massachusetts get ready to compost

Banning food waste: companies in Massachusetts get ready to compost | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

Massachusetts recently enacted the most aggressive mandatory composting program in history. How are companies adapting?"

The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting follow up on the commercial food waste ban in Massachusetts that's soon to start. The government seem to be proactive in fostering innovative ways to divert the leftovers (over 800,000 tons) and spurring the growth of small compost and AD operations with grants and loans.

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"Incineration is a completely outdated technology, we should go for a zero waste society" French ENVI minister Ségolène Royale

Au lendemain de l'abandon de l'écotaxe, au profit d'un nouveau système, la ministre de l'Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie est l'invitée de la matinale. Elle répond aux questions de Patrick Cohen et à celles des auditeurs. http://www.franceinter.fr/emission-le-79-segolene-royal-je-crois-a-la-politique-par-la-preuve

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The Organic Stream's insight:

Things are changing in France! Last week, French Environment Minister Ségolène Royale called for 10 cities to engage in Zero Waste, and stated that incineration is an old model that should no longer be used. She also referred to the circular economy, arguing that the waste could be a resource material.

This is a huge step forward and taking such a clear position on the issue marks a dramatic shift in thinking, and it remains to be seen how it will unfold.

Nevertheless. as a country with large amounts of incineration plants, the Ministers' words should cause those who still consider incineration as a suitable solution to waste to think twice.

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ZWE's curator insight, June 24, 2014 5:55 AM

Great news coming from France, one of the countries with more incinerators in Europe and in the world!

If France is serious about walking the Zero Waste path it will be a significant change in the field of resource management.

However, the French model of previous years based on big-scale mechanical biological treatment should also be revisited in favour of high quality separate collection at source and product and process redesign.

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EU investment needed to develop ‘urban circular economy’

EU investment needed to develop ‘urban circular economy’ | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

Doing more with fewer resources not only helps create a zero waste society, but could also save Europe’s manufacturing industry €460bn a year, argues Mercedes Bresso.

The Organic Stream's insight:

We're all about the circular economy here at Compostory.


If you're interested in hearing more about circular economies and how we begin to build them, listen to our two-part interview on The Organic Stream with Zero-Waste pioneer Robin Murray. Check out episode one, and episode two.

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