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Waste Prevention Workshop in Brussels meets great success

Within the framework of the Pre-waste project, whose aim is to help cities and regions to improve their waste prevention policies, on 28 March 2011 Brussels Environment (IBGE) organized an international workshop, gathering waste prevention experts from across Europe.

Within the framework of the Pre-waste project, whose aim is to help cities and regions to improve their waste prevention policies, on 28 March 2011 Brussels Environment (IBGE) organized an international workshop, gathering waste prevention experts from across Europe.

During this event, the ten Pre-waste partners and about 130 waste prevention stakeholders had the opportunity to share opinions about key issues regarding waste prevention at local and regional level. They also discussed some of the 50 good practices chosen within the project amongst the 100 case studies on waste prevention assembled by the project partners.

This one-day event covered such subjects as the EU context of local and regional waste prevention planning, the use of indicators and regulatory and economic waste prevention instruments. It included parallel sessions where participants could go more deeply into the matter regarding food wastage, packaging, rental/repair/reuse and sustainable consumption, production and lifestyles.

Speakers included in particular Pre-waste partners (ACR+, Marche Region and ORDIF), as well as representatives of the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, local and regional authorities, business, academic and NGO sectors.

During the workshop, a “poster session” was organized, so that the participants could ask Pre-waste partners for more information on the selection of good practices and waste prevention strategies in Europe, which, in turn, were exhibited in a poster format. These good practices covered in particular repair and reuse centres, taxation and awareness raising on plastic bags, dematerialisation in offices, reusable diapers, food waste avoidance and home composting. The presentations and other documents related to the conference can be downloaded from this webpage.

Pre-waste is a 3-year project (2010-2012) co-financed by the INTERREG IV C programme. The main outputs of the project will include 20 waste prevention best practices, a web tool allowing the assessment and monitoring of waste prevention actions and guidelines for developing efficient local and regional waste prevention policies.

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