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Veolia, a European company exporting trouble

2017. december 01. 11:33

While the European Union (EU) is moving towards an ambitious circular economy with increased targets for waste prevention, reuse, and recycling, and demonstrated evidence of success in various cities walking the path towards zero waste, Veolia, a European company prefers to export the expansion of waste disposal technology to the dismay of local communities in […] Read more

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Case study: “We have a right to breathe clean air”

2017. november 30. 17:32

A new case study recently published has investigated the emergence of conflicts around waste incineration in cement kilns, particularly looking at the situation in Spain, where civil society mobilisations have been especially visible in the last years. The paper, published by the prestigious Sustainability Science journal, has been co-authored by Mariel Vilella, ZWE’s Managing Director, […] Read more

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Circular Economy for the young? Lithuanian NGO takes zero waste to school

2017. november 30. 11:27

Experts from the Lithuanian non-governmental organisation (NGO) Žiedinė ekonomika (Circular Economy) have been organising seminars for the students at high schools in Vilnius high schools. Students have been introduced to the concepts of the circular economy, and in particular, the waste minimisation processes. The seminars are highly interactive and as Rasa Tumaševičiūtė from Žiedinė ekonomika […] Read more

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From Portugal to Bulgaria: People join the fight against wasteful products

2017. november 29. 12:12

Have you ever counted how many products in your life need replacing every year? It is true that some stuff will always need replacing: you break a plate or outgrow some clothes. But how many others, from packaging to the things you use, have been designed to have a short life and be thrown away? […] Read more

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Press release: Industry MEPs vote to exclude subsidies for waste-to-energy from mixed waste

2017. november 29. 08:25

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brussels, 29/11/17 The Industry committee of the European Parliament voted yesterday to exclude renewable energy subsidies for incineration of mixed municipal waste. If the amendment is adopted in the plenary, Member States will have to phase out financial support to waste-to-energy by 2021. Janek Vahk, Development and Policy Coordinator at Zero Waste […] Read more

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Time to wake up and smell the coffee: 6 zero waste coffee solutions

2017. november 27. 16:05

By Nina Thomas In May of 2017, People’s Design Lab asked people to nominate for the products that were most #designed4trash as well as provide their ideas for more sustainable alternatives. The top 3 most voted items would then receive their own campaign. Believe it or not, coffee capsules were voted number 3. Many consider […] Read more

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The dirty business of waste-to-energy subsidies: a story from Bilbao

2017. november 17. 17:02

Subsidized energy production from not-entirely-renewable resources in Bilbao What is happening in Bilbao, Spain, is a real scam: millions of euro from public funds for renewable energy are allocated to an incineration facility that burns fossil natural gas alongside mixed waste. This is not an isolated case: due to an untransparent and arbitrary calculation method, […] Read more

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A final push on the Waste Directive: our letter to the European Ministries

2017. november 17. 12:47

The final stage of the negotiations on the EU Waste Directive is fast approaching, as the European Council’s Working Party on the Environment is discussing the last amendments. Zero Waste Europe, together with an alliance of European-wide civil society organisations, is calling on all national Ministries to urgently support ambitious measures in three key areas: a […] Read more

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Europe must design economic incentives fit for a circular economy

2017. november 10. 15:03

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brussels, 10/11/17 The current European economic incentives to reduce, reuse and recycle plastic packaging in Europe need to be re-thought, new research shows. Plastic packaging is the largest application for plastics in Europe, constituting 40% of the demand. When it becomes waste, only 40% of plastic packaging is recycled, while landfill, incineration and […] Read more

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“Deliver or pay”, or how waste incineration causes recycling to slow down

2017. október 31. 18:14

Is incineration compatible with recycling? A common argument in the past has been that we could recycle as much of the waste as possible and burn what remains. In reality, however, incineration can discourage recycling. Here’s why. Recycling VS incineration In Europe, burning waste in the so-called “waste-to-energy” plants is an increasingly common practice. About […] Read more

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The Environment Committee’s vote on Renewable Energy confirms its commitment to Circular Economy

2017. október 24. 09:18

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Brussels, 24/10/17 With yesterday’s vote on the Renewable Energy proposal, the ENVI Committee took an important step to realign renewable energy policy with the EU waste legislation, and reconfirmed its commitment to achieve ambitious circular economy targets. The text approved yesterday sets new safeguards for waste-to-energy processes, to ensure they respect the […] Read more

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Have blogs replaced Grandmothers, and how does this relate to foodwaste?

2017. október 20. 13:33

How often do you check on your grandmother and how often do you read a blog? Just kidding. But there is a truth to this headline. It doesn’t have to correlate with how often you see your grandmother, but it is a fact that more and more young people turn to blogs rather than their […] Read more

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Buying things may feel good…

2017. október 16. 16:38
but getting broken things to work again feels even better By Haldi Ellam Who doesn’t have a broken product at home waiting to be repaired? A kettle? A T-shirt? The one I see the most is the ‘famous’ broken glass screen on the mobile phone. The interesting thing is that rather than repairing the broken […] Read more

Copenhagen goes all in on incineration, and it’s a costly mistake

2017. október 13. 16:10
The number one rule of investing is to buy low and sell high. Copenhagen, however, with the construction of the infamous Amager Bakke waste to energy plant, doesn’t see it that way. Listed at an estimated 500 million euros, the experiential Amager Bakke incineration unit in Copenhagen is the most expensive of its kind in […] Read more

Sardinia rocks at waste management! We went on a field trip to discover why.

2017. október 13. 13:59
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Big VICTORY: Under public pressure, waste incinerator was kicked out of the Spatial Plan of Zagreb!

2017. október 05. 10:38
Croatian Zero Waste Europe member Zelena Akcija  delivers a statement after news of a big victory for sustainable waste management in the capital of Zagreb, and plans for the construction of an incinerator being scrapped. Read the original article on Zelena Akcija’s website… After more than 20 years of consistently pushing for the construction of […] Read more

MEPs seek answers over burning waste

2017. szeptember 29. 12:43
By Ben McCormick Waste incineration in cement kilns is being put in the spotlight in the European Parliament as concern grows over its impact on public health. For years, the effects of air pollution on public health have been well documented. Increased cancer risk and immune system, respiratory, reproductive and neurological problems have all been […] Read more

Zero waste leaders share best practice in Lithuania

2017. szeptember 29. 12:34
  Žiedinė ekonomika (Circular Economy) was founded by Domantas Tracevičius to actively promote the separate collection of biowaste to show that it is both economically and environmentally sound and that it is very good practice to be able to separately collect many other recyclables. Žiedinė ekonomika’s team is particularly active in promoting waste management best […] Read more

Letter to the European Parliament ENVI Committee on RED

2017. szeptember 27. 14:30
Download the PDF version of this letter To: Members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament Subject: Why it is essential to set sustainability criteria for the use of waste, residues and (by) products for energy in the RED II   Brussels, 27 September 2017   Dear Members of the ENVI Committee of the […] Read more

Zero Waste Europe to the European Commission: let’s use plastics only when it makes sense

2017. szeptember 26. 12:34
Today ZWE published its position on plastic reduction targets, demanding a two-fold policy action by targeting plastic packaging and single-use plastic items of high concern. The launch coincided with the Commission-organised conference Reinventing Plastics, which was used by the civil society alliance Rethink Plastic to stage a small action by giving away sustainable-sourced reusable cups […] Read more

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