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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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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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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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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…
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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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The true horror of the damage inflicted by plastic waste in the oceans

The true horror of the damage inflicted by plastic waste in the oceans | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
New research has found the risks posed by roughly 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating around in the oceans goes far beyond killing seabirds

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Nicholas Patrie's curator insight, December 17, 2014 8:23 PM

pretty gruesome and eye opening picture of what is going on in the oceans we live in. This plastic killed the bird that thought it was food but this goes well beyond the birds and fish in the present. The future will be a scary place because this will kill plenty of the fish and birds and cause catastrophic problems in our ecosystem. Humans will have a harder time eating food in the future if we don't clean some of this stuff up.

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Is waste a source of renewable energy?

Is waste a source of renewable energy? | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
by Mike Brown   Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as Viridor, SITA, of councils from…

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Great article discussing the problem with promoting EfW as a viable or sustainable source of renewable energy, and the potential for greenwashing this poses.

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ZWE's curator insight, December 5, 2014 10:40 AM

Good article describing the dangerous label of "renewable energy" for waste. Waste is something you want to reduce and renewable energy is something you want to boost, this flagrant contradiction should suffice to stop this greenwashing.

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Freeport Town sees food waste as compost opportunity

Freeport Town sees food waste as compost opportunity | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
FREEPORT - The town of Freeport is adding another tool for residents to participate in composting, which not only provides nutrients for gardens, but also reduces the amount of material going into the solid waste stream.
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Great to see more options for composting!

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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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Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste.

Lichfield and Tamworth stop collecting food waste. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Lichfield District Council and Tamworth Borough Council stop accepting food waste in organics bins due to costs.
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Bad news from the UK. Only 20% of people used their compost bins, therefore the council decided it was not a cost effective option. 20% participation rate is quite low - perhaps there were possibilities to increase the numbers?


Most worryingly, the council is advising people to wrap their food waste in newspaper or additional bin bags in order to combat odour and maggots. 

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Back to the drawing board: how good design can eliminate waste

Back to the drawing board: how good design can eliminate waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
From charging for the use of aircraft engines to waste-free supermarkets, experts share ideas for breaking the cycle of unsustainable design

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Sustainable design is an extremely important element in reaching zero waste.

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New study on public opinion of PAYT systems indicates a high level of resident satisfaction with the schemes.

New study on public opinion of PAYT systems indicates a high level of resident satisfaction with the schemes. | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it

"For years, cities and towns that have considered adopting pay-as-you-throw (PAYT) to address the rising cost of solid waste disposal have needed to do so with little or no information on what people really think about the programs.


As with any public issue, many residents have questions, and sometimes a few vocal residents speak out against the program. However, it is not clear how many people those opponents actually represent. Conversely, it has been hard ..."

The Organic Stream's insight:

This study provides clear and concrete evidence that people are on the whole supportive of PAYT systems. Most interestingly, 80% of residents in the lowest income brackets see it as very or somewhat favourable, indicating support for the scheme from all sections of society.

 

This should encourage local governments and municipal leaders to start implementing PAYT schemes!

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Germany’s first waste-free supermarket opens in Berlin

Germany’s first waste-free supermarket opens in Berlin | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Two young women in Germany have quit their job and and university to follow their dream of establishing the first ever waste-free supermarket in Berlin. Sara Wolf and Milena Glimbovski are winning the hearts of many through their crowdfunding campaign for Original Unverpackt. The campaign still has a few days before completion, but crowdfunders have […]
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It seems this is a growing trend in Europe - long may it continue.

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Numero #2 - Waste Thieves

Numero #2 - Waste Thieves | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Does ecomafia only mean burying hazardous waste illegally? Are we just talking about waste trafficking or about raw materials stealing as well? To answer these questions we need to start with some figures. According to the Italian National Statistical Institute (ISTAT), in 2011, the Italian industrial sector used about 35 million tons of secondary raw materials for its production cycles, i.e. materials from waste recovery. Over the last ten years, the recycling industry has soared at a phenomenal rate: the number of companies rose from 2,183 to 3,034 (+39%), the number of employees went from 12,000 to over 24,000.
 

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ZWE's curator insight, March 31, 2015 3:45 AM

This article explains very well how zero waste strategies are most effective to fight mafia.

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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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Sharjah aims to achieve zero waste to landfill

Sharjah aims to achieve zero waste to landfill | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
Beeah plans to develop the world s largest waste-to-energy gasification plant in Sharjah
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Ambitious goals for Sharjah: "Bee’ah’s future plans include achieving the goal of Sharjah becoming the first Arab city to divert 100 per cent of its waste from landfill, and one of the first cities globally to do so."


One troubling aspect is Sharjah's plan to use a massive gasification plant to process waste - which, along with many "waste to energy" plants, are not truly sustainable, and could potentially end up hindering the efforts to increase recycling rates and minimise the materials ending up in the waste stream.

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Canadians waste a lot of food

Canadians waste a lot of food | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
According to the Value Chain Management Centre, Canadians waste an estimated $13.4 billion worth of food yearly.
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Once again a big issue here are expiry dates on food and people's confusion over what it means.

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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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This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine

This is Rubbish uses drama to prevent food waste | Resource Magazine | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
This is Rubbish’s Edible Education project to use theatrical performances to help prevent food waste.
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An example of food waste outreach and education that thinks outside the box.

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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.

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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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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?"

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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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Samoan hotel food waste recycled for organic compost | Pacific Beat

Food waste from hotels in Samoa is being recycled to produce compost for organic farms.
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"The pilot program completes the circle of food from the farms to hotel tables and then returning waste as compost to the farms."

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Innovation for Sustainability—WISErg Harvests Nutrients from Food Waste

Innovation for Sustainability—WISErg Harvests Nutrients from Food Waste | Recycling News Channel | OrganicStream.org | Scoop.it
WISErg's
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Interesting system designed for grocery stores and the food industry in the US which recycles organic materials and can track what kinds of food, and just how much of that food, is being wasted.


Tracking the food and quantities could also help in better management and planning that cuts down on these unnecessary wastes at the retail level.

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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...

Via Bert Guevara
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.