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Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com

Green Party draft manifesto includes food waste ban to landfill - letsrecycle.com | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Green Party draft proposals for election manifesto include food waste ban to landfill and higher recycling target for 2020
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Interestingly, The Green Party are also considering a tax on disposable nappies (diapers). We of course would hope to see them consider promoting reusable nappies and investing in cleaning services (which would also create more job opportunities).

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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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The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream

The Evolution of EPR for Packaging in the United States | Upstream | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"As UPSTREAM fans may know, we’ve been involved in the EPR Packaging debates in the United States for nearly four years now. While there has been significant opposition from many consumer brands during this time, there has been a groundswell of support building from local governments, as well as an openness from some waste and recycling businesses to this policy approach."

The Organic Stream's insight:

An interesting perspective on extended producer responsibility for packaging from the United States:


"In the end, it all comes down to money and control. Most of the stakeholders in the recycling supply chain – local governments, collectors, processors and end-users (including many packaging suppliers) – want the funding from producer fees to optimize recycling systems. However, over the last four years, much of the US discussions and subsequent controversy focused on a 100% producer-financed and controlled recycling system and the massive power-shift inherent in this approach."

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Green horizons: recycling turning new circle in Dubai

Green horizons: recycling turning new circle in Dubai | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Dubai Municipality to aggressively boost capacity and provide encouragement schemes for recycling
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Great information about recycling in Dubai.


"The initiatives are an integral part of the zero-landfill target by the year 2030, which aims to divert virtually all waste from the landfill by then."

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Compost For Soils - Application Guide

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Compost for Soils is an excellent (and free!) composting and agriculture resource, featuring easy to digest and comprehensive fact sheets and case studies.


Check out the rest of their composting fact sheets and explore the site.

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Scotland's sustainable solution for recycling disposable nappies

Scotland's sustainable solution for recycling disposable nappies | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
After the success of a kerbside pick-up scheme, two recycling firms aim to deal with the mountain of used nappies
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"Food collections offer a parallel. The feared "yuk" factor of slopping out leftovers never really materialised. "Five years ago people said we would not be collecting food waste at the kerbside, and we're doing it now – not just in Scotland but across the UK," says Gulland. "I suspect that's what will happen with nappies within a couple of years.""


Of course, we would still like to see reusable nappies (and other absorbent hygiene products) gain in popularity and eventually replace disposable ones wherever possible. However, the ability to recycle these products will make a huge impact in reducing waste.

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Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap

Land Use Tweaks Can Halve CO2 Emissions Gap | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
A new report, “Halfway There? What the Land Sector Can Contribute to Closing the Emissions Gap Post-2020,” contributes some very useful measurement schemes that will benefit nations beginning to calculate their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) prior to the critical Paris UN climate change meeting (COP21) this December. These metrics will aid in bridging the gap
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Alameda County: Troubling trend in recycling food waste

Alameda County: Troubling trend in recycling food waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Something strange has happened inside Alameda County garbage cans, and it has sounded an alarm for those working against climate change.
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"It could be people are suffering from food waste fatigue," Wolff said. "They may think, 'I've been doing this for a year, it kind of smells, and I'm tired of it.'"


An interesting case for us to consider in the organics collection world. Why exactly have residents slowly stopped recycling their organics at home, and what can we do to encourage them to keep it up long-term?


Whatever the answers, it's a clear sign that public awareness and education of the benefits of organics recycling needs to keep going beyond the first few years - it's a message that needs repeating again and again to keep it fresh in everyone's mind!

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Seattle Tries Shaming Its Citizens Into Participating in Composting

Seattle Tries Shaming Its Citizens Into Participating in Composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The city's "scarlet letter" system joins a long line of policies designed to embarrass. But do they work?
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Will shame keep people vigilant about what they put in their bins? Only time will tell!


Of course, alongside the red sticker system, perhaps some positive reinforcement (like a gold star or reward system) would help motivate them for the right reasons too, and help foster a more positive relationship with recycling.

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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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Every City Needs Vancouver's Ban on Food Scraps

Every City Needs Vancouver's Ban on Food Scraps | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
To kick off 2015, Vancouver has resolved to eliminate food products from its waste stream entirely.
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Loving the talking food awareness campaign! The city rolled out this campaign in 2014, giving themselves a year to spread the word before implementation this year. A great example of effective awareness spreading. Let's hope it pays off!

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Composting program slow to catch on - The Recorder

Composting program slow to catch on - The Recorder | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
GREENFIELD — The composting program Greenfield started a year ago this month is doing “OK,” but not as well as
The Organic Stream's insight:

We wish Greenfield every success in their composting program. As pointed out in the article, however, bringing food scraps to a central point is not as practical for householders as curbside collection would be.


Although it's only been a year since the service was opened, more will have to be done to bring people along if the town wants to achieve the goal 100% organics diverted from dumps in 2020  - either through education and awareness, or a change in the system to make it easier for people.


For more on education and awareness campaigns, why not take a listen to our interview with Bridget Anderson of the DSNY on their extensive education and outreach strategy for the curbside collection pilot program in New York City?

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Organic waste plants should be mandatory in eateries: M Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times

Organic waste plants should be mandatory in eateries: M Venkaiah Naidu - The Economic Times | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The plant, which can process one tonne waste in 24 hours, will convert the organic waste of hotels and eateries in this area into compost for horticulture and agriculture use.
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Great initiative by Minister M Venkaiah Naidu in New Delhi. 

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UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel

UCSC plans to build recycling yard to solve compost problem - Santa Cruz Sentinel | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Santa Cruz >> This summer, UC Santa Cruz plans to begin building a $5 million recycling yard, which would become Santa Cruz County’s only large-scale composting facility.The 3.7-acre yard, sited for a meadow near the UCSC Farm and...
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Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa

Drought: California agriculture can learn from Africa | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Danielle Nierenberg and Daniel Bornstein say conservation is the way to get through the drought, and the state needs to be open to lessons.
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"Farmers in Mali, for example, convened a "citizens' jury" with the help of the International Institute for the Environment and Development, and proposed that crop researchers hone in on traditional seed varieties. These crops are typically better at withstanding drought--and can offer more resilience for farmers' livelihoods than so-called high-yielding varieties that often get touted as the solution for African food insecurity."

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Celebrating #WorldWaterDay

Celebrating #WorldWaterDay | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"This World Water Day we honor the projects, people, and programs working tirelessly to achieve more with less water.


Irrigation causes excessive water depletion from aquifers, erosion, and soil degradation, but more sustainable irrigation practices, including center pivot irrigation systems and solar drip irrigation, can help improve crop productivity and yields and reduce water usage. Using rainwater harvesting, zai pits, micro-irrigation, bottle irrigation, gravity drip buckets, rotational grazing systems, and other water-saving practices can all help create diverse landscapes, supporting wildlife and culture."

The Organic Stream's insight:

Water conservation and soil health and intrinsically linked. 2015 has been declared the International Year of Soils, and on World Water Day this year, we should remember that by protected our soils (with practices like incorporating cover crops, planting trees on farms, and intercropping), we can help it to collect and store water.


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Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities

Yacouba Sawadogo - The Man Who Stopped the Desert | Oddity Central - Collecting Oddities | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Yacouba Sawadogo is an innovative African farmer whose techniques have helped inhabitants of the Sahel fight the expanding desert and improve the quality of the soil
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Not a very new story, but a very good story. Yacouba Sawadogo's perseverance and faith in the ancient African farming practices (using compost) shows us that we already have working solutions to the soil crisis and desertification. An inspirational man.

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Robin Nagle: What I discovered in New York City trash - YouTube

New York City residents produce 11,000 tons of garbage every day. Every day! This astonishing statistic is just one of the reasons Robin Nagle started a rese...
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Thoughtful viewing for a Friday afternoon.

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We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go?

We dump 8 million tons of plastic into the ocean each year. Where does it all go? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Every single ocean now has a massive swirling plastic garbage patch.
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Another great reminder to skip the plastic bag or bottle at the shop.

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Mandatory community-based curbside composting service requires citizens to pay for composting

Mandatory community-based curbside composting service requires citizens to pay for composting | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
The next evolution of trash services requires citizens in some Colorado cities to pay for composting services.
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Lafayette city in Colorado USA is beginning their mandatory composting service. A city-wide mandatory service will often experience some backlash, as evidenced here in this (slightly negative) report - and it is interesting to understand both how the topic is being framed, and people's concerns regarding mandatory composting.


Cost is of course a big factor, but the fact that there is no option to opt-out seems to be the central cause of frustration among some residents. Lafayette's Public Works Director does explain that recycling food waste will reduce the general waste volume and allow people to downsize their trash cart, but perhaps this is still not clear to all residents.


It will be interesting to see what the future holds for Lafayette, and we hope the city's composting program will be successful.

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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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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.
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"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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TOS#30: Going Zero Waste: Implementing Organics Diversion at Stadiums, Venues & Events | OrganicStream.org

TOS#30: Going Zero Waste: Implementing Organics Diversion at Stadiums, Venues & Events | OrganicStream.org | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
TOS#30: We take a close look at implementing organics at events and venues diversion and explore the work involved in organising, planning and putting in place a zero waste strategy with our guest Leslie Lukacs of L2Environmental.
The Organic Stream's insight:

The Organic Stream podcast, episode 30 is now out!

In this episode we explore the work involved in organising, planning and putting in place an organics diversion program for events with our guest, Leslie Lukacs. As founder and principal of L2 Environmental (California, USA), Leslie has spent many years organising zero waste policies at various types of events and venues.


She tells us about her experiences, how to work with local composters and source the right serviceware, how to approach educating staff and the public, how to deal with common challenges, and much more.


Take a listen and enjoy!

Thank you to ecovio® from BASF for making this episode possible.

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Peterborough (UK) charity calls for ‘zero waste’

Peterborough (UK) charity calls for ‘zero waste’ | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
An independent Peterborough charity has called for “long-term behaviour change” with regards to how residents dispose of their waste.
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A positive story from the UK: "The Peterborough Environment City Trust is looking to push the city towards establishing itself as the UK’s environment capital."


Great to see Peterborough focusing on Zero Waste as a way to improve their city and the quality of life for their inhabitants.



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First Closed-Loop Organics Waste Management System in North America Moves Forward

First Closed-Loop Organics Waste Management System in North America Moves Forward | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Iris Solutions has been selected by the city of Surrey to build the Surrey Biofuels Processing Facility project in Canada. According to the city, once the biofuel processing facility is operational, Surrey will be home to th...
The Organic Stream's insight:

Promising project underway in Surrey, Canada. Surrey has already set us a curbside organics collection scheme, which has led to a 40% reduction in materials going to landfill.


We're happy to see they will be producing a compost product along with biogas, as sustainable organics recycling must see carbon being returned to the soil.


The economic benefits that Surrey has enjoyed from organic diversion alone are worth mentioning too. Annual savings in Surrey’s waste collection costs are $3 million, and they save $2 million a year from Annual savings from organic versus garbage disposal. (from Department of Surrey Engineering Department's PCP National Measures Report 2012 webinar).

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