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Kenya announces breakthrough ban on plastic bags #UNEnvironment

Kenya announces breakthrough ban on plastic bags #UNEnvironment | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Ban on all production, use and import of plastic bags to take effect in six months
The 24 million plastic bags currently used each month are a major cause of environmental damage and health problems
Plastic bags are also a major contributor to the 8 million tonnes of plastic dumped in the sea every year 
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Warnings over children's health as recycled e-waste comes back as plastic toys

Warnings over children's health as recycled e-waste comes back as plastic toys | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A trend towards using plastic parts in electrical and electronic goods is causing a headache for the recycling industry
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New Partnership Aims to Boost China’s Environmental Policies and Circular Economy

New Partnership Aims to Boost China’s Environmental Policies and Circular Economy | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The World Economic Forum has signed an agreement to boost multistakeholder cooperation on environmental policy with the China Council on International Cooperation on Environment and Development, an influential advisory body to China’s State Council. The CCICED includes Chinese and international experts.
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China was the first country to pass legislation about circular ecnomy and seems determined to lead.

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Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest?

Only 14% of plastics are recycled – can tech innovation tackle the rest? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new group of companies is innovating on the problem of plastics recycling by tackling everything from styrofoam to Ziploc bags
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Honduras elites blamed for violence against environmental activists

Honduras elites blamed for violence against environmental activists | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
After the murder of at least 123 activists since 2009 military coup, the Global Witness group points to involvement of politicians and business moguls
Matthew Franklin's insight:

After the murder of Goldman prize winner Berta Caceres last year this article looks at the background of murders against environmental activists and points the finger at Honduran elites.

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Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017 - ING's Sustainability Blog

Three trends that will power the circular economy in 2017 - ING's Sustainability Blog | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Last October witnessed a major milestone for the green economy. The adoption of the Paris Agreement was a huge achievement, with such a decisive, unified response underlining how far sustainability has moved up the agenda.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

Our views might differ from ING, but it is interesting to see how others are approaching the circular economy in 2017

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Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt

Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Microscopic particles found in makeup will be banned by the Government because of concerns about their impact on the environment.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

This might be a small victory, but it should be celebrated nonetheless, as an important step forward

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MEPs urged to halve food waste with crucial vote | Resource Magazine

MEPs urged to halve food waste with crucial vote | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The European Parliament’s Environment Committee have been urged to impose a 50 per cent food waste reduction target in a vote on food waste regulations next week that will shape the EU’s policy on the matter for the next 15 years.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

We have supported this petition calling for food waste to be halved. It includes simple actions that the European Parliament can take.

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Trump’s EPA May ‘Review’ California’s Car Pollution Rules

Trump’s EPA May ‘Review’ California’s Car Pollution Rules | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
States' far-reaching car pollution rules could be jeopardized if Trump's EPA nominee is confirmed.
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Worrying moves in the U.S, could this lead to further loosening of air pollution regulations nationwide?

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Airpocalypse could kill tens of thousands

Airpocalypse could kill tens of thousands | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
COUNTRIES across the globe are burdened with disease and in the world’s death capitals, there could be 70,000 premature deaths a year by 2030.
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Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says

Levels of e-waste soar in Asia as gadgets become affordable, UN says | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Amount of electronic waste up 63% in five years, with China’s more than doubling, United Nations University report finds
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A troubling development across Asia, we need to find a new model for consumption before this problem spirals out of control.

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Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue

Faith leaders reframe climate change as moral issue | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Priests, pastors and ministers nationwide are spreading the gospel of climate change — as are imams and rabbis. In recent years, faith-based advocacy has emerged as a powerful tool in the environmental movement. By reframing climate change and sustainability as moral issues, religious leaders hope to advance environmentalism by elevating it above the political fray.
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Reframing climate change is essential to tackle it effectively. This is just one example of this...

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The Aztecs of Mexico: A Zero Waste Society - Our World

The Aztecs of Mexico: A Zero Waste Society - Our World | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
UNU alumnus Martin Medina looks at the ancient system of Aztec waste management and resource use and discusses its relevance to the contemporary world.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

Despite severe shortcomings of the Aztec political system (to say the least)! Is it possible they were on the right track for waste-management?

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Circular Economy Package: Everything you need to know

In light of the European Parliament's decision to reinforce more ambitious recycling targets within the long-awaited Circular Economy Package, edie takes a detailed look at how the proposed measures could affect businesses, especially in light of the UK's imminent departure from the European Unio... - edie+ centre
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Report: Brexit offers escape from over €2bn in EU waste policy costs

Report: Brexit offers escape from over €2bn in EU waste policy costs | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
British businesses would lose over €2bn over the next 20 years through the EU's Circular Economy Package, according to a new report, which is calling on the UK to adopt a better waste and resource management framework post-Brexit. EURACTIV’s partner edie.net reports.
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Dreaming goes on in the parallel universe that is the UK today. A remarkably biased report with very little consistency with what is modern waste management.

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Berta Cáceres court papers show murder suspects' links to US-trained elite troops

Berta Cáceres court papers show murder suspects' links to US-trained elite troops | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The Honduran environmental activist’s killing a year ago bears the hallmarks of a ‘well-planned operation designed by military intelligence’ says legal source
Matthew Franklin's insight:

Evidence links the murder of Berta Cáceres, Goldman Prize winner to U.S trained Honduran military units. The targetted assassination of environmental activists is an issue around the world we should be aware of the risks of speaking up for the environment in some regions of the world.

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Tackling Food Waste Is Like A Workout At The Gym

Tackling Food Waste Is Like A Workout At The Gym | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Although the importance of reducing food waste is almost as well known as the importance of being health, it is just as easy to tell yourself that you’re d
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Sainsbury's sees surge in demand for regional food waste campaign

Sainsbury's sees surge in demand for regional food waste campaign | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
As the spotlight on reducing consumer food waste intensified this week, Sainsbury's director of corporate affairs Louise Evans has revealed that the supermarket has seen a surge in applications from town and cities to take part in its campaign to tackle household food waste. - edie news centre
Matthew Franklin's insight:

Popular demand for food waste reduction schemes. Retailers and Civil Society need to harness this energy for a zero waste society

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'Here's one we made earlier': Blue Peter badges to be made from yoghurt pots

'Here's one we made earlier': Blue Peter badges to be made from yoghurt pots | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The BBC has announced that its long-running children's show Blue Peter will now be making its famous badges from old yoghurt pots. - edie news centre
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Yes we did: A complete timeline of Barack Obama's climate legacy

Yes we did: A complete timeline of Barack Obama's climate legacy | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
As Barack Obama waves goodbye to eight years in the White House, edie takes a stroll down memory lane to round-up all of the landmark pledges and announcements made by the outgoing US President who strove to leave a safer environment for future generations. - edie news centre
Matthew Franklin's insight:

An interesting overview of Obama's climate legacy

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Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt

Make-up products containing tiny plastic microbeads to be banned by Govt | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Microscopic particles found in makeup will be banned by the Government because of concerns about their impact on the environment.
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Chinese discard hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant piles

Chinese discard hundreds of cycles-for-hire in giant piles | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
It was hoped bike-hire schemes would cut pollution and congestion but it seems some users just want to ride and dump
Matthew Franklin's insight:

The sharing economy offers a great opportunity for zero waste, but projects need to be properly implemented or there is a risk of it going like this...

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New US-based institute invests 70 million to optimise recycling

New US-based institute invests 70 million to optimise recycling | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The US government is looking to invest up to US$ 70 million (Euro 62 million) in a new research institute focused on boosting recycled content in manufacturing and on reducing recycling costs. The Reducing EMbodied-energy And Decreasing Emissions (REMADE) Institute will be headquartered in Rochester, New York, and will develop technologies to reduce energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions in manufacturing by focusing on recycling.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

An interesting new project, which could make up part of the path to zero waste

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Adam Johnson's curator insight, January 26, 9:33 PM
A (possible) new research institute focused on boosting recycled content in manufacturing. But dependent on POTUS approval, so probably not...
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Waste to Wealth, 2016 in Review

Waste to Wealth, 2016 in Review | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Now that 2016 is firmly in the rearview mirror, we are looking back at some of the great work that we did in our Waste to Wealth initiative during the year. We’ve broken down some of our top content into the two active categories of our initiative: Composting Makes Sense & Recycling, Economic Development, and Zero…
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From the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, a review of their work on waste for 2016. Some fantastic pieces here and well worth a look.

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