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In December 2017, the FISSAC project published its latest newsletter, highlighting the project’s progress in the past semester towards the development of a new industrial symbiosis model. The newsletter offers a detailed project update with links to new publications and summaries. Three more of the project partners are introduced in this issue, and a special report on Wood Polymer Composites gives readers insight into one of the materials FISSAC is working on.

All the previous FISSAC newsletters can be found on the project website: http://fissacproject.eu/en/news 

To receive all the updates about this project, subscribe to the newsletter here.

Source: http://fissacproject.eu

 

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SCREEN project, to which ACR+ acts as a member of the advisory board, has released a Memorandum of Understanding for a synergic use of regional and European funds targeted to circular economy projects. The purpose of it is to support and enhance the participation of the regional stakeholders at international project dealing with research and innovation on the circular economy. 

The signatories of the document would agree to establish, in a pilot way, a specific measure under their structural funds dealing with “international circular economy projects”, through a "recovery" (full or partial) of well ranked unfinanced proposals dealing with circular economy. The pilot will be done in alignment with the ongoing structural funds programme: lessons learned will be taken into consideration when preparing the next programming period by both the Regions and the European Commission Services.

Interested ACR+ members are invited to consult the following explanatory video as well as the MoU itself for further information.

Source: http://www.screen-lab.eu/policy-lab.html

SCREEN project, to which ACR+ acts as a member of the advisory board, has released a Memorandum of Understanding for a synergic use of regional and European funds targeted to circular economy projects. The purpose of it is to support and enhance the participation of the regional stakeholders at international project dealing with research and innovation on the circular economy. 
 
The signatories of the document would agree to establish, in a pilot way, a specific measure under their structural funds dealing with “international circular economy projects”, through a "recovery" (full or partial) of well ranked unfinanced proposals dealing with circular economy. The pilot will be done in alignment with the ongoing structural funds programme: lessons learned will be taken into consideration when preparing the next programming period by both the Regions and the European Commission Services.
 
Interested ACR+ members are invited to consult the following explanatory video as well as the MoU itself for further information.
 
Source: http://www.screen-lab.eu/policy-lab.html

 

Started in December 2017, the COLLECTORS project focuses on good practices for the collection and sorting of three waste categories: packaging and paper waste, WEEE, and construction and demolition waste. The project aims at highlighting and documenting good practices relevant to specific challenges (dense cities, remote areas and territories with limited resources) to set up an ambitious waste strategy. To make these practices meaningful to local decision makers, they will be analysed on different parameters: quality of sorted material, social acceptance, economic performance and environmental impact.

The innovative aspect of the COLLECTORS project is its participative approach. The methods, deliverables and tools developed by the project consortium will be discussed and validated by a Regional Working Group composed of local and regional authorities interested in sharing their experience and benefiting from the project’s outputs. Selected members of the Regional Working Group will be also invited during one (or more) of the four project meeting, giving them the possibility to contribute to the project but also to exchange with other territories during a public conference and participate to study visits.

ACR+ members interested in joining the Regional Working Group are invited to register here

More information about the project is available here.

 

 On 18 December 2017 ACR+ published a report, entitled Comparison of municipal waste management in EU cities, which is part of the ACR+ European Observatory on municipal waste performances and is a follow-up of a 2014 report presenting an EU-capitals benchmarking. It compares municipal waste management in cities and metropolitan areas, using data from 17 cities across Europe, including ACR+ members Liège, Odense, Barcelona, Pamplona, Rennes, Maastricht and Porto. To allow consistent comparisons, the collected data are presented in factsheets, one per each city.

Following an analysis of data based on 3 parameters (scope of the data, local context, and local waste strategy), the study concludes that the cities presenting high performances all rely on source separation and at least partly to financial incentives, while the cities with lower performances generally resort to co-mingled collection and have set little to no economic instruments.

The report also highlights the fact that consistent and meaningful comparisons can only be achieved if there is a proper understanding of the local context, the exact scope of data and the associated waste management practices, the total arising of the different fractions thanks to composition analyses, as well as the different steps from collection to the sorting of materials in homogeneous fractions, allowing the exclusion of sorting residues from recycled quantities.

The full report can be downloaded from the ACR+ Virtual Library

 

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LIFE SMART Waste has partnered with Crimestoppers and a range of organisations to launch a campaign to help tackle the issue of illegal dumping of waste in warehouses and farm buildings.

In the UK an increase in incidents of criminals using warehouses and farm buildings to illegally dispose of massive quantities of waste materials is being seen. This can result in environmental damage, social disruption and significant cost to our economy. The Crimestoppers campaign will raise awareness of the issue in Scotland via social and traditional media, calling upon industry and the public to be vigilant and report any suspicious or unusual behaviour.

LIFE SMART Waste project selected the illegal warehousing of waste to test a collaborative approach to designing and implementing waste crime interventions. As a result of the collaboration, three interventions to reduce the incidence of warehousing in waste crime are planned, commencing with this communications intervention. As part of the communications initiative, key professional and representative bodies to alert landlords, property owners and businesses to their obligations and responsibilities relating to waste warehousing and storage have been engaged. Land and property owners have a responsibility to ensure anyone leasing their land or property complies with existing regulations. They may be committing an offence by allowing waste to be stored without the relevant permissions and could leave themselves liable to prosecution.

For further information about the campaign, visit the Crimestoppers website.

More information: www.sepa.org.uk