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And the European waste champion is … Belgium!

And the European waste champion is … Belgium! | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Belgium managed to be the best performing country in waste management in 2013. Thanks to reducing waste generation and good recycling rates the Belgians managed to send for disposal in landfills and incinerators only 197kg per person. The big ( [...]
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Well done Belgium!

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Shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers - FOOD WASTE FEAST AT TEDX NAIROBI (2014 event)

Shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers - FOOD WASTE FEAST AT TEDX NAIROBI (2014 event) | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The Feedback team has uncovered shocking levels of food waste in Kenya caused by standard practices of European and UK retailers. Farmers are faced with overly restrictive cosmetic standards on the appearance of produce and have orders cancelled at the last minute and often after the produce has been flown in to Europe. Many small farmers end up bearing the financial cost of these practices, suffering significant hardship as a result.

The Organic Stream's insight:

"As the retailers do not pay for any of the costs of this waste, they have little incentive to reduce it, and farmers are forced to cover the cost of the fertilizer, agricultural inputs and labour for large harvests they cannot sell. One Kenyan farmer called this ‘psychological torture’ for the farm workers."


As much as we concentrate on food waste in the home, it is just as vital to consider pre-consumer wastage when talking about making a real impact. Unfair trading practices (in this instance European practices) play a massive role in the food waste crisis, and no substantial progress can be made without addressing these issues.

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Reducing use of plastic bags: MEPs strike deal with Council Presidency

Reducing use of plastic bags: MEPs strike deal with Council Presidency | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
All the latest news from the Press Service of the European Parliament: votes, resolutions, debates, parliamentary committees and the plenary.
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Promising steps to further reduce plastic waste in Europe!

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Ljubljana; first EU capital to adopt a Zero Waste strategy

Ljubljana; first EU capital to adopt a Zero Waste strategy | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The Slovenian capital and three other municipalities, Vrhnika, Borovnica and Log Dragomer join the European network of Zero Waste municipalities September 8, 2014   The mayor of Ljubljana, Mr. Zoran Janković announced today the commitment [...]
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Great news from Slovenia!

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Beverage Carton Recycling Rate Continues to Rise in Europe

Beverage Carton Recycling Rate Continues to Rise in Europe | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"The latest figures on carton recycling in the EU have shown that 42% of beverage cartons were recycled in 2013, equivalent to approximately 425,000 tonnes of cartons and a a rise of 3% on the 2012 figures. The increase follows the year on year increase of 3% recorded from 2011-12 and brings the total recovery rate (comprising recycling and energy recovery) has now reached 71% across the EU."

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Great news for Europe and recycling!

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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

Via ZWE
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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Natura 2000 awards highlight sustainability

Natura 2000 awards highlight sustainability | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Wednesday night the European Commission held its first awards ceremony for the Natura 2000 projects. The awards acknowledged the Natura 2000 sites that achieved the highest standards in conservation management last year. In total 163 sites applied to be considered for the awards. Shortlists were created containing 22 applications, and the winners were chosen by […]
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Well done to all award winners and participants!

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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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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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New book about Zero Waste in France

New book about Zero Waste in France | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
On the eve of the European Week for Waste Reduction 2014, Zero Waste France unveiled its scenario for zero waste territories and described it in a book. The book, published by Rue de l’échiquier, is a toolkit for all those willing to take actio [...]

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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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European Commission - Environment - Europeans call for less waste

European Commission - Environment - Europeans call for less waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Do you recycle regularly? Do you avoid wasteful products? Most European citizens sort their rubbish for recycling at least some of the time, and they think their country produces too much waste.

Via Mariel Vilella
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This is news we love to hear!


''...around 60 % call for more and better recycling and composting facilities in their area, as well as financial incentives.''

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Press Release: Circular Economy Package puts Europe firmly on the Zero Waste track but…

Press Release: Circular Economy Package puts Europe firmly on the Zero Waste track but… | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) welcomes the Circular Economy package published today by the European Commission and acknowledges its good intention to move the EU towards Zero Waste. As a network of local zero waste groups and more than 300 European m [...]
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Zero Waste Europe's statement on the new Circular Economy package published by the European Commission just yesterday.


The package includes some commendable targets and goals (including a 70% recycling target by 2013), however there is concern over the lack of a ban on incineration for recyclable waste, and a lack of emphasis on reusing and redesign to ensure less waste.

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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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