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Today, these case studies show that, in contrast with the outdated idea of burning or burying our waste, preventing, reusing and recycling it create jobs and resilience, save money, and protect the environment and public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


Via ZWE
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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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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E-Waste Conference in Kenya Told of Health Hazards & Recycling Opportunities

E-Waste Conference in Kenya Told of Health Hazards & Recycling Opportunities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"“Sustainable management of e-waste can combat poverty and generate green jobs through recycling, collection and processing of e-waste, and safeguard the environment and human health from the hazards posed by rising levels of waste electronics,” said the UN under-secretary-general and executive director of UNEP, Achim Steiner."

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Renewable energy provides 6.5 million jobs globally - IRENA | Press Releases

Renewable energy provides 6.5 million jobs globally - IRENA | Press Releases | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
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“With 6.5 million people directly or indirectly employed in renewable energy, the sector is proving that it is no longer a niche, it has become a significant employer worldwide,” said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. “The insights into shifts along segments of the value-chain revealed in the report are crucial to developing policy that strengthens job growth in this important sector of the economy.”

Of course, recycling and sustainable waste management has an extremely high job creation potential as well. 400.000 jobs can be created in Europe if we fully implemented current EU waste legislation.

And pay close attention to the course on Compostory.org, as Lesson 5 (soon to be released) will go into great detail on how jobs can be created with sustainable organic waste management systems.

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