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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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