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.

2015. június 11.

New York City aims to reduce the amount of waste disposed of by 90 percent by 2030 and send zero waste to landfills by that point, according to its new plan for the city.

Mayor Bill de Blasio presented his plan with the release of One New York, which calls for a sustainable and resilient city. Solid waste and environmental goals are a cornerstone of the plan.

The city plans to reduce waste by 90 percent from a 2005 baseline, according to the report. It cites the recent decision to ban expanded polystyrene foam as one step toward that end.

2015. június 11.

Up to 90 per cent of the world’s waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE), worth nearly US$19 billion (£12 billion), is illegally traded or dumped each year, according to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

In its ‘Waste Crimes, Waste Risks: Gaps and Challenges in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge’ report, released yesterday (12 May) at the Conference of Parties (COP) climate event in Geneva, UNEP estimates that between 60 and 90 per cent of the 41 million tonnes of WEEE produced each year is illegally traded or dumped.

2015. június 11.

The informal recycling sector is helping tackle the country’s growing levels of rubbish, but people making a living out of sorting waste need support.

Zhang Jinling is picking cardboard boxes from a trash can on the side of the road in a downtown area of Shanghai. She empties the boxes, folds them and puts them on a trailer hitched to a bicycle. She also buys cardboard from residents in the houses on the same street, purchasing it for 2.5 mao (less than 3p) for a pile. When her trailer is full, she takes the load to a recycling market on the outskirts of the city where she sells each pile for a 1p profit.