ACR+ together with its member Brussels Environment as well as Zero Waste Europe is organising an international conference “On the Path to Zero Waste Cities: The Case of Organic Waste”. As part of the European Week for Waste Reduction it will take place on 19 November 2018 in Brussels at the BEL Conference Centre.

Organic waste is a matter of climate, environmental, social, political and economic urgency. It is one of the major concerns for waste management in cities, as it represents an average of 40% of total municipal waste. This event aims to provide an overview of some exemplary European initiatives on prevention and separate collection of organic waste. Likewise, it aims to help regions and cities in advancing on their transition to Zero Waste.
 
The full programme of the event will be available soon here.

If you wish to attend, please complete this registration form.


 

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With the recently adopted EU waste package, Member States must assume important new obligations. These include ensuring that by 1 January 2025 separate collection schemes are set up for textile waste produced by households. The new obligations have to be transposed in the national legislation within a 2-year period.

So far in the EU there is rather limited experience with separate collection of textiles as only 15 - 20 % is separately collected, while the vast majority ends being landfilled or incinerated. Furthermore, there are large differences among the different Member States in terms of how they manage this waste stream and the performances they have.

The upcoming EPR Club lunch debate, hosted by ACR+, will discuss the current situation and explore potential solutions, with a particular focus on the role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as a key instrument to help implement the requirement of separate collection of textiles in the new EU waste legislation.

The debate will take place on 04 October 2018 (12:00 – 14:00) at ACR+ offices. The programme will be soon available here. To register, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The event is open exclusively to EPR Club members. ACR+ members, being associated members of EPR Club, can participate in EPR Club events and access all online materials.

UrbanWaste

While the implementation phase of eco-innovative measures is in full swing in the URBAN-WASTE project’s 11 pilot cities, the Municipality of Syracuse will host the next Mutual Learning event on 19-20 September 2018 in order to discuss marketing and communication measures that can be used to inform various target groups about good practices related to waste prevention and management.
 
The various measures being implemented in the 11 pilot cities and regions vary from promotion and installation of water fountains for tourists, collaboration with tourism establishments including hotels and restaurants, in order to minimise food waste production, improving tourists’ performances when it comes to waste separation on holidays and more. The essential challenge for these 11 pilots is to maximise the outreach and thus the efficiency of these measures. This is why the next Mutual learning event will focus on marketing measures and how to reach out different target groups. Apart from the mutual exchange of practices and achievements, numerous guest speakers will enrich the event with their own examples of successful campaigns, measures, and initiatives. Among others, Dimitra Rappou, from ACR+ member North London Waste Authority will report on the “London Upcycling Show” which attracted a lot of attention last year. Gaetano Russo of the Region of Sicily will discuss how the results of the “Sicilia Rigenera” campaign were disseminated. Rute Carvalho, from ACR+ Member Lisbon Municipality will present the campaign and project focusing on waste prevention “Trash can wait! Extend the life of your objects”. Lastly, Mireia Padros Tremoleda from ACR+ member the Catalan Waste Agency will present the European Week for Waste Reduction campaign in order to increase the visibility and outreach of the project.

The Mutual Learning event will be preceded by a Municipality Forum as well as several study visits in order to get an insight in local waste management practices, such as the door-to-door collection of various waste streams as well as local start-ups’ efforts to improve waste management in Syracuse.
 
Source: www.urban-waste.eu


 

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The LIFE SMART Waste project has developed and published a new Horizon Scanning Toolkit that is designed to help environmental regulators to build an early warning system for emerging developments in the waste sector to protect the industry from future criminal enterprise.
 
The toolkit was developed following a desk-top review of the academic and grey literature which focused on the specific context of horizon scanning applications to identify the salient features and success factors for their adoption in an environmental regulatory context.
 
It provides a structured approach to horizon scanning that builds a clear, consistent and shared perspective of emerging developments in the waste sector and their potential for criminal enterprise. By using the toolkit, regulatory bodies will learn to spot newly emerging trends quickly and to assess what the emerging opportunities for future waste crime are likely to be. They will then be able to act together to minimise the impact of those crimes on the environment, society and business.
 
Source: www.sepa.org.uk

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Five new factsheets have been published in the Circular Europe Network’s database by ACR+, overviewing good practices implemented in European heritage cities: Ibiza, Florence, Córdoba, Bergen and Mallorca.
 
In Ibiza, mobile waste collection points were implemented in order to combine an efficient selective collection system with a low visual and spatial impact of waste management in the urban heritage area. The City of Florence implemented an underground waste collection system in the historical city centre to reduce the aesthetic impact of waste and boost selective collection. The City of Córdoba implemented a series of waste deposit solutions aimed at addressing the problem of the visual impact of waste management in heritage city centres. Waste collection points, underground containers and container covers were integrated in the urban centre succeeding in reconciling the need to implement separate collection with environmental aesthetics and urban hygiene. In Bergen and its eight surrounding municipalities a flexible fee model for selective waste collection was introduced with the aim to reduce the overall amount of waste generated by households by rewarding customers for considering the environment and optimising selective collection. This initiative proved to be effective in reducing the total residual waste. The municipality of Palma de Mallorca implemented mobile collection points. In this system the bins can be removed from the street after the collection hours and put back during the day. This practice was developed as an alternative to conventional waste bins in those areas where there is not enough space to place them.
 
Visit the website of the Circular Europe Network to discover more circular economy cases.

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