2015. szeptember 25.

The conference will take place in Budapest, on 2-4th November, where international and Hungarian speakers will talk about the latest trends of zero waste and show solutions, good practice examples, including study trips. Register now!

Zero Waste?! Indeed. It is a perspective, a vision that needs to be aimed in order to ensure a sustainable life for the future: waste production has to be reduced.
Separate waste collection is not a solution by itself. Even though recycling is essential in the present, the process still causes real pressure on the environment in today’s single-use consumer culture. The primary goal is to prevent waste production; thereby recycling will not be an item on the agenda anymore.

2015. szeptember 23.

Paris, Sept. 8, 2015 - Citizens released today their Plan B’OM to avoid the costly reconstruction of Paris oldest incinérateur “Ivry-Paris13”. The reconstruction project has been discussed and contested for 10 years, and these inhabitants are now proposing a sustainable, realistic and tangible alternative. Moreover, Plan B’OM would create 50% more jobs and preserve natural resources, which are highly valuable for the national economy.

Facing an outdated project…

The current incinerator is located in between the municipality of Ivry and Paris and will soon reach the end of its life. The public agency in charge of waste treatment for 84 municipalities including Paris is planning on reconstructing a new incinerator by 2023 and adding a second plant (MBT treatment with anaerobic digestion) by 2026. The global cost of this gigantic operation would be 2 billions euros, taxes included.

2015. szeptember 09.

The circular economy is often discussed in terms of the opportunities for new business models and to design new products and services. However, intuitively, the opportunities for an effective and prosperous transition would be significantly enhanced by national and regional governmental policy that supports and enables positive economic change. That intuition has recently been put to the test.

A pilot study of Denmark has been conducted in which the impacts of a set of policies, designed to enable the transition the circular economy, have been theoretically tested and analysed for Denmark. The study focused on five specific sectors: food & beverage, construction & real estate, machinery, plastic packaging and hospitals.

2015. augusztus 04.

A major barrier to reducing the wasteful mindset of business and society is overcapacity and stranded investments in waste-to-energy incineration

MEPs are calling on the European commission to ban the incineration of recyclable and biodegradable waste by 2020 as part of the latest plan for the EU circular economy package.

But as landfill is phased out across Europe, incineration is increasingly being turned to as a way to deal with municipal solid waste (MSW), while also producing energy and heat.

2015. július 23.

BERLIN -- Visit a state-of-the-art recycling plant on the outskirts of this historic city, and one cannot help but marvel at the ambition of the facility owner, the Alba Group, one of the 10 largest companies for recycling services and raw material supply worldwide. At its Hellersdorf operation, more than 100,000 tons of packaging waste is processed annually, with the centerpiece a fully automated and very busy system of conveyor belts that distribute and sort assorted refuse by means of infrared sensors, overbelt magnets, sieves and air-blown separators.

The plant represents the best of German engineering and technological prowess. It was born out of a licensing fee system that has since 1990 turned the Germans into a nation of rubbish sorters, but the system, impressive as it may look, still has loopholes you can drive a garbage truck through.

2015. július 20.

Changes to how much heat needs to be supplied by facilities in warmer countries could change the classification of 30-35 EfW plants.

Some incinerators in warmer countries will be automatically reclassified as energy recovery plants, moving them up the waste hierarchy, following an amendment to the EU’s Waste Framework Directive (WFD).

The climate correction factor, published in the EU Official Journal on Saturday, will factor the number of days requiring heat supply in the area where a municipal solid waste incineration facility is located into the calculation of its efficiency.

2015. július 16.

The Visegrad Fund project "Simple and smart waste reduction strategies for Visegrad municipalities" was a joint program together with Arnika - Toxics and Waste Programme (Czech Republic), Priatelia Zeme SPZ (Slovakia), Polski Klub Ekologiczny (Poland) and Humusz. The project's main aim was to strenghten municipalities' capacity and develop a joint V4 strategy for the EU waste targets.

Requirements of the European waste directives represent an important driving force of waste management development in the Visegrad Four countries. However, it should be mentioned that some Visegrad Four countries have problems with meeting the requirements, in particular due to non-unified and unclear methodology for determination of basic - historical data on waste production.

2015. július 14.

Continuing the City of San Diego's leadership on environmental issues, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer praised the adoption of a "Zero Waste" plan that calls for reusing, rather than disposing of, virtually all of the City's trash by 2040.

"Reducing waste to zero is something we should 100 percent support," Mayor Faulconer said. "The City of San Diego continues to be an environmental leader and the 'Zero Waste' plan is just the latest step we're taking to leave a better tomorrow for the next generation of San Diegans. There are many ways to reduce, reuse and recycle the trash we collect every day, and this plan sets the City on a path to achieving the ambitious goal of zero waste."

2015. június 18.

The Chief of the Catholic Church just published an encyclical warning about the risks of wasteful societies and calling for Zero Waste.

Two years ago, Pope Francis posted a video on youtube praising waste pickers for their task. At that time, he said that “we live in a wasteful culture in which, we not only waste stuff, but also people”. Alternatives to this culture of waste preserve the environment, create jobs and dignify human lives.

2015. június 17.
Zelena akcija/Friends of the Earth Croatia has today published a study analysing the waste management system of the Lower Medjimurje region made for communal services company PRE-KOM d.o.o. from Prelog in northern Croatia. The analysis shows that the town of Prelog has become national leader in separated waste collection, increasing the share of separated waste from 22% to 60%in the first four months of this year, and that the whole Lower Medjimurje region will soon be among the best European examples in sustainable waste management if it implements the recommendations in the analysis.

The analysis serves as a verification of the results of the introduction of a new waste collection system in the town of Prelog and six surrounding districts (Donja Dubrava, Donji Vidovec, Sveta Marija, Goričan, Donji Kraljevec, Kotoriba), whose 24 000 inhabitants are served by the PRE-KOM d.o.o. municipal company. It also serves as a resource for further optimisation of the company's work in line with best ecological, economic and social practice in the waste management sector.