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For the 3rd time, the 5 pilot cities gathered for another session of exchange of good practices; this time on integration of waste management solutions into the urban décor of heritage areas in Ibiza between 15-16 November 2017.

The seminar was attended by external speakers and guests from other cities, namely Tallinn, Krakow, Cordoba, Ibiza and Porto, that had the opportunity to hear about solutionsandpracticesfrom the Danish island of Bornholm, the Spanish city of Palma de Mallorca and the Belgian city of Gent. This melange of experiences, practices and solutions gave the seminar the richness and presented multitude of potential solutions when it comes to integrating waste management in already demanding set of criteria set for the heritage areas.

The two day seminar consisted of an extensive study tour during the first day and the seminar itself on the second day. The seminar presented solutions covering a wide range of potentials and answers to given challenges as the participants, media and guests could learn more about visual and systematic approaches to the issue of integrating waste management solution into the urban decor. While some practices were based on limiting the visual effect bins and containers have on their surroundings, including hygiene, minimising the open space needed for a certain type of a container or simply disguising such containers, some practices and presentations had a more holistic approach as they were focusing more on the importance of having appropriate waste management as an added value to tourism.

The next thematic seminar will be organised in June 2018 in Cordoba. Following that the project will move to its second phase – implementation of best practices in pilot cities.

 

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On 10 November 2017, LIFE SMART Waste project has published its newsletter highlighting the project’s progress towards demonstrating innovative ways of understanding, tackling and reducing waste-related crime.

The newsletter includes articles on a number of international engagements and a range of new publications, including: the first in a series of Remote Sensing reports; the project’s Intervention Design Manual, results from a Waste industry perceptions survey and a summary of project progress.

To read the full newsletter, follow this link: http://mailchi.mp.

 

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On 14-15 November 2017, the URBANREC project held the biannual consortium meeting in Espinho, Portugal. The two-day meeting included a guided visit of the polyurethane foam production factory of the Portuguese project partner Eurospuma.

The meeting was an occasion for the different partners to meet and discuss the work conducted during the past six months of the project. The industrial partners have presented their advances in the recovery of different bulky waste materials and in fine-tuning the technologies for their treatment. The Flemish partners IMOG and ACR+ member OVAM have been working with social organisations to enhance reuse of bulky waste and also on analysing the social and economic implications of reuse with the view to expand these activities to further Flemish municipalities. ACR+, which is in charge of a working group on Legal issues, has presented the results of the survey on reuse of bulky waste conducted in the summer.

The next meeting of project partners will take place during the week of 19-23 February in 2018 in Belgium. A number of activities will take place during this week, including networking sessions and a technical workshop open to the wider public. Keep yourself updated about the project by visiting the website and by subscribing to the project newsletter (the third one will be released soon!).

 

 

To facilitate peer-to-peer learning between environmental authorities and help them ensuring good application of environmental law, the European Commission has developed a new instrument within the TAIEX programme: TAIEX-EIR Peer 2 Peer. This programme provides tailored support to Member States' authorities implementing environmental policy and legislation. More concretely, any national, regional or local authority involved in the implementation of environmental legislation can submit an application to benefit from a support activity, amongst the following:

  • expert missions from public environmental authorities to the requesting body
  • study visits of employees of the requesting body to another Member State institution in order to learn from peers and
  • single or multi-beneficiary workshops.

TAIEX-EIR Peer 2 Peer arranges and covers travel, accommodation and per diems for experts traveling on missions or to workshops as well as travel and accommodation for participants of study visits.

The TAIEX-EIR Peer 2 Peer programme could in particular be beneficial for ACR+ members to support and finance exchange of good practices between members of the network. Thus, during an exclusive webinar for ACR+ members, Andreas Versmann, project manager in charge of this programme at the European Commission, will present the progamme, its benefits and the different steps of the application process. The webinar will take place on 5 December 2017 at 11:00 (Brussels time).

Participants will then have the possibility to present their needs regarding expertise and exchange with Andreas Versmann on how the TAIEX-EIR Peer 2 Peer programme can be used.

Registration is open only to ACR+ members. Should you wish to participate, please contact ACR+ Secretariat.

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The 9th edition of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) has proven to be triumphant once again! After months of preparations with the great work of 40 EWWR Coordinators and numerous Action Developers, a record of 13,410 actions will be implemented in 30 different countries.

Until 26 November 2017, you are invited to participate in EWWR actions and raise awareness about the critical issues related to waste. Inspiring examples range from upcycling festivals to original information campaigns on Reuse&Repair, swapping events and setting up of Give-away boxes. Find out if there is an action taking place close to you in the EWWR Database!

You can have a look at our EWWR Press Release!

For more details please refer to the EWWR Press Kit which includes the key numbers and other specific information, as well as a map of EWWR Actions and the description of some interesting actions.

Keep your eyes on #EWWR2017 & #GiveItANewLife to see what is happening during the EWWR on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!