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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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New case study: The story of Contarina shows that 85% recycling is possible!

New case study: The story of Contarina shows that 85% recycling is possible! | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

This case study proves that high recycling targets are not only feasible, they also save money and create jobs

Zero Waste Europe publishes today a new case study showing that in less than 15 years it is possible to reach more than 80% in separate collection whilst reducing costs and creating jobs.

Contarina is responsible for the management of waste in most of the province of Treviso where they serve 554,000 inhabitants and reaching average levels of source separation of 85% whilst generating only 53kg of non-recyclable waste per inhabitant and year. In contrast, the EU average level of source separation is 42% and a 285kg per inhabitant and year of residual waste.


It’s not only these impressive rates that make Contarina a zero waste champion, but its commitment to continuously improve its performance and advance towards zero waste. Good proof of this is the goal to recycle 96,7% of the waste by 2022 and reduce the residual fraction to 10kg per inhabitant and year.

“This experience proves that the targets set in the circular economy package, which VP Timmermans plans to withdraw, are not only realistic but they are the right way to stimulate the economy; creating jobs and increasing resource efficiency” said Joan Marc Simon, Director of Zero Waste Europe

Today, these case studies show that, in contrast with the outdated idea of burning or burying our waste, preventing, reusing and recycling it create jobs and resilience, save money, and protect the environment and public health.


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The Organic Stream's insight:

Another excellent case study just hot off the presses from Zero Waste Europe. It reports that a vital ingredient for Contarina's success was the commitment from the local government to keep incineration out of the system altogether (which comes as no surprise!).


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Great News! Gipuzkoa to save €250 million after scrapping the construction of the incineration plant

Great News! Gipuzkoa to save €250 million after scrapping the construction of the incineration plant | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"Although Gipuzkoa will have to pay the so-called SWAP, speculative products contracted by the former managers of the GHK (the Gipuzkoa Consortium for Waste Management), it will still have significant savings after stopping the construction of the incineration plant to have more recycling-oriented facilities."


The Organic Stream's insight:

This is an important story. Without cases like this, governments and municipalities who are (perhaps tentatively) questioning the viability of incineration in their community may sometimes lack the confidence needed to make a stand.


Here we have a clear example of how much can be saved by investing in sustainable material management infrastructure and fighting against a badly planned (and unsustainable) incineration project.


The Gipuzkoa provence was set to build an oversized incinerator - which, on top of the €500 million budget, would have forced them to import waste or raise taxes to keep the plant running. This is not an uncommon problem with incineration plants (Sweden is set to import nearly 1.5 million tonnes of waste from 2015 per year for this purpose, for example).


Their success in scrapping the project means great cost-savings for Gipuzkoa. Although they will have to build alternative (and more sustainable) infrastructure and still pay SWAP fees  - they are still set to save €250 million.


Thanks to Zero Waste Europe for translating.

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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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Rubbish futures: can technology help us reach zero waste?

Rubbish futures: can technology help us reach zero waste? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Turning dug-up waste into gas or converting rubbish into building materials are among new techniques that may help end harmful incineration and landfill, says Karl Mathiesen
The Organic Stream's insight:

Interesting article in the Guardian covering Zero Waste efforts, including a whole section on why incineration is a thing of the past.


The focus on Plasma energy as a possible solution is troubling, as it cannot truly be zero waste, and efforts should be focused on low-tech solutions and minimising waste generation in the first place.

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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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Zero Waste to Landfill: How Incinerators Get Promoted | Energy Justice Network

Zero Waste to Landfill: How Incinerators Get Promoted | Energy Justice Network | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

The incinerator industry promotes a false belief that the only choices we have in handling our waste is to either burn it for energy or to bury it in a landfill. The existence of what is known as a "waste-to-energy" (WTE) facility does not eliminate the need for a landfill. First, 10% to 15% of the waste stream cannot be incinerated and secondly, after burning there is a significant amount of ash (10% to 15% by volume, or about 30% by weight) which is still sent to a landfill. 

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Kenoi pulls plug on incinerator plan, West Hawaii

Kenoi pulls plug on incinerator plan, West Hawaii | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Citing uncertainty about oil prices and instability in the ownership of the state’s electric utility, Mayor Billy Kenoi on Friday yanked the plug on a proposed waste-to-energy incinerator.
The Organic Stream's insight:

"Instead, the mayor said, he will focus on diverting more waste from the county’s two landfills, in particular organic and green waste."


Another success story in the fight against incineration. Well done, Mayor Kenoi!


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Health Threat May Keep Incinerators from Turning Trash to Power

Health Threat May Keep Incinerators from Turning Trash to Power | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New incinerators appeal to cities looking to get rid of garbage and produce renewable power. But local leaders find it tough to weigh sparse evidence on health threats against public opposition

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DCC report recommends Poolbeg incinerator proceeds - Waste Management World

"A report issued today by the council's chief executive Owen Keegan states that the waste project is needed and makes commercial sense.

The decision comes after a favourable value for money audit yesterday by the National Finance Development Agency


Plans for a Poolbeg incinerator, which date back to 1996, have been consistently opposed by local politicians because of its size and its central location."

The Organic Stream's insight:

It's a real shame to see that this incinerator will go ahead, after so many years of opposition.


A major argument for its construction is that Ireland needs to export its waste to other countries to be incinerated. While recycling is not an instant solution for the waste being generated at the moment, it is a growing trend in Ireland and funds should be invested in encouraging recycling as opposed to building incinerators.

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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 [...]
The Organic Stream's insight:

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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Uk Environment Minister confirms waste management measure will be published in June, is wary of incineration

Uk Environment Minister confirms waste management measure will be published in June, is wary of incineration | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Higher recycling targets 'out in June'
The Organic Stream's insight:

‘We should avoid over investment in incineration to the extent that it inhibits progress to further recycling and waste reduction because once built, as you mentioned yourself, they need to be fed with waste for many decades and in a way we could be locked in’


This is exactly the danger with incineration. For example, as we speak about in Lesson 2 of our free online course, Sweden has to import waste from other countries like Italy and Norway in order to feed its incinerators, because they are under pressure to keep it going and make a profit. Denmark imports waste from Ireland for the same purpose.


This is no way to run a sustainable waste management system!

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