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.

2015. június 11.

This case study proves that high recycling targets are not only feasible, they also save money and create jobs.

Zero Waste Europe publishes today a new case study showing the impressive transition of Ljubljana towards zero waste. The Slovenian capital is the first capital in Europe to declare the Zero Waste goal and today separately collects 61% of its municipal waste. It should be recalled that Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004 and before then it didn't have proper waste separate collection in place.

2015. május 11.

The biggest per-capita tallies were in countries known for green awareness, such as Norway and Denmark, with Britain fifth and US ninth on the UN report’s list.

A record amount of electrical and electronic waste was discarded around the world in 2014, with the biggest per-capita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness, a report said.

Last year, 41.8m tonnes of so-called e-waste – mostly fridges, washing machines and other domestic appliances at the end of their life – was dumped, the UN report said.

2015. május 11.

Messaging and lack of disclosure of information from major feminine hygiene product brands might be holding women back from purchasing reusable options.

Half the population deals with it on a monthly basis, but frank discussions about what menstruation does to women’s bodies, moods and abilities is not encouraged by society - just ask tennis player Heather Watson or artist Rupi Kaur.

2015. április 20.

The circular economy offers opportunities to boost jobs and tackle climate change, according to study on Sweden by The Club of Rome.

Odds are, your mobile phone is less than two years old. Today’s economy is built on a “fast turnover” principle. The faster we replace our gadgets the better – not only our phones, but most items we consume.

2015. április 10.

The use of recycled materials needs to be incentivised across Europe, according to the recently-formed European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC), which represents paper and metal recyclers across Europe.

The comments from the Confederation’s president, Dominique Maguin, came at a debate organised by EuRIC in Brussels on March 24 which brought together recyclers and EU policymakers to discuss the importance of moving towards a circular economy.