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ZWE Parma Case Study: Waste Reductions & Increased Recycling Possible

ZWE Parma Case Study: Waste Reductions & Increased Recycling Possible | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Political will combined with the backing of residents can enable a radical reduction residual waste, create jobs and save the taxpayers money, according to a new case study by Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) on the Italian city of Parma.
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Italian city increases recycling by almost 30 per cent in just four years | Resource Magazine

Italian city increases recycling by almost 30 per cent in just four years | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Parma has reached 72 per cent recycling and 117kg waste per person since a citizens-led initiative to move away from waste disposal and increase recycling was launched in 2012
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This article is based on our latest case study! Check it out in our publications

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Adam Johnson's curator insight, June 23, 12:58 AM
A very interesting case study, and one that may be relevant to others.
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How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply

How your clothes are poisoning our oceans and food supply | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
New studies show that alarming numbers of tiny fibers from synthetic clothing are making their way from your washing machine into aquatic animals
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Last year was the deadliest ever for the world’s environmental activists

Last year was the deadliest ever for the world’s environmental activists | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Three activists were killed per week on average last year, the bloodiest ever for environmentalists across the world, a report says.
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Conservative Funders of Climate Denial Are Quietly Spending Millions To Generate More Partisan Journalism

Conservative Funders of Climate Denial Are Quietly Spending Millions To Generate More Partisan Journalism | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Millions of dollars have been pouring into conservative media outlets and student journalism projects from the same groups funding climate science denial, a DeSmog analysis has found. Analysis of IRS tax filings shows the funding groups, including some linked to the oil billionaire Koch brothers, are trying to combat a perceived left-wing bias in media with cash to ideologically-aligned projects. Many of the funded journalism projects also produce stories that claim human-caused climate change is either a liberal hoax or that policies to mitigate it, such as promotion of renewable energy, are an unnecessary drag on the economy. DeSmog found that two linked funds — Donors Trust and Donors Capital Fund — have been a key source of cash for organisations attacking climate science and opposing policies to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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Five things we learned at Resourcing the Future 2016 | Resource Magazine

Five things we learned at Resourcing the Future 2016 | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
This week saw members of the waste and resources industry from across the country descend on London for two days of discussion on the sector's hot topics. The EU referendum, the future of food waste, the Circular Economy Package and producer responsibility were all on the agenda. Here are some of the things that we learned.
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FareShare redistributed a record number of meals last year, but it's just 'the tip of the food waste iceberg' | Resource Magazine

FareShare redistributed a record number of meals last year, but it's just 'the tip of the food waste iceberg' | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Food redistribution charity FareShare received enough surplus food from retailers and food manufacturers to provide 18.3 million meals in 2014/15, but says that charities 'urgently' need more food made available to them.
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Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year

Tesco's food waste climbed by 4% last year | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
As Tesco's chief executive used a keynote speech in Cape Town to implore companies to do more to tackle food waste, the UK supermarket revealed that its own food waste had increased by 4% to 59,400 tonnes last year. - edie news centre
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Chemicals of concern in the circular economy | Food Packaging Forum

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Inspiring insight about presence of toxics in recycled plastics

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Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 PPM For First Time in 4 Million Years

Antarctic CO2 Hit 400 PPM For First Time in 4 Million Years | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The last bastion of a sub-400 ppm world has officially fallen as carbon dioxide reached new heights in Antarctica.
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Grassroots campaigners and a digital startup join forces

Grassroots campaigners and a digital startup join forces | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Local power meets global reach (and a rapper) to launch an innovative campaign that pushes global giant Unilever to clean up toxic waste in Kodaikanal. 
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Man-made pollutants found in Earth's deepest ocean trenches

Man-made pollutants found in Earth's deepest ocean trenches | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Crustaceans at depths of 10,000 metres contain higher concentrations of chemicals than do some animals in coastal waters.
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Can Compost Recycle Our Drugs?

Can Compost Recycle Our Drugs? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Antibiotic resistance poses a threat to people and the environment. Now, a Berkeley, California-based scientist has set out to find out whether compost can remediate drugs in our water and waste.
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European commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal

European commission warned of car emissions test cheating, five years before VW scandal | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Documents seen by Guardian show that the commission’s in-house science service told it in 2010 that tests had uncovered what researchers suspected to be a ‘defeat device’
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Groups' threat map aims to highlight worst of oil and gas air pollution

Groups' threat map aims to highlight worst of oil and gas air pollution | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Research by two environmental groups shows that 12.4 million Americans live within a half-mile of an oil or gas facility, which puts them at potentially greater risk of cancer from the resulting air pollution.
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Durham grapples with incinerator’s ‘alarming’ emissions | Toronto Star

Durham grapples with incinerator’s ‘alarming’ emissions | Toronto Star | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A recent emissions test showed toxic byproducts being released at nearly 12 times the approved limit.
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UK could finally ban polluting microbeads from cosmetics, following US’s lead | Resource Magazine

UK could finally ban polluting microbeads from cosmetics, following US’s lead | Resource Magazine | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The UK government looks set to finally take action on the polluting microbeads that are damaging our marine environment.
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France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal

France becomes first major nation to ratify UN climate deal | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
President François Hollande calls on other European countries to follow France’s lead by the end of the year
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Viridor must see “clear returns” on UK recycling - letsrecycle.com

Viridor must see “clear returns” on UK recycling - letsrecycle.com | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Viridor chief executive Ian McAulay outlines fears for future of waste and recycling in UK if it fails to adopt Circular Economy Package
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This gas leak was so massive that NASA saw it from space

This gas leak was so massive that NASA saw it from space | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Scientists hope to make greater use of satellites to pinpoint major sources of air pollution.
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