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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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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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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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Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum

Furniture manufacturers urged to solve circular economy conundrum | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Britain's mattress manufacturers must become advocates of the circular economy by taking the lead on producer responsibility schemes which could significantly reduce the sector's vast waste-to-landfill rates. - edie news centre
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Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Government to tackle ‘throwaway culture’ by cutting VAT on fixing everything from bicycles to washing machines
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Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy

Coming of age: The heroes and villains of the circular economy | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The circular economy is growing up; moving beyond simple radical resource efficiency, towards an authentic triple-bottom-line. As with any transition, not everything is great. Business model innovation is the battleground for success - and while there are heroes, there are also villains holding b... - edie+ centre
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Circular Economy and Systemic Design in Piedmont Region (Italy) - 1° field visit - #Retrace project

This video is the report of the field visit done in palazzo Lascaris (Turin, Italy) the 19th April 2016 for Retrace project, an Interreg Europe project lea
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The Limits to Green Growth

The Limits to Green Growth | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Instead of rethinking our economies, in order to reconcile their functioning with environmental imperatives, the prevailing conception of the green economy seeks to quantify nature so that it can be reconciled with existing economic systems. That is a formula for little more than business as usual with a coat of green paint.
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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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Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions

Bacardi mixes perfect cocktail of water, energy and waste reductions | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Global spirits giant Bacardi has surpassed annual targets in improving water use, energy efficiency and recycling rates and is on course to obtain 100% of sugarcane-derived products from sustainably certified sources by 2022. - edie news centre
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Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate?

Could this new material resolve the UK's great coffee cup recycling debate? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
With big coffee chains including Starbuck and Costa facing increased public scrutiny over the recyclability of paper coffee cups, could a unique recycled resin provide an answer to the war on waste? - edie news centre
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NGOs call the EP to get the Circular Economy Back on Track

NGOs call the EP to get the Circular Economy Back on Track | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
For immediate release: Brussels, May 10, 2016. 11 NGOs including Zero Waste Europe have called on the European Parliament to introduce 10 key changes to get the circular economy back on track. These ten changes intend to maximize the potential [...]
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Press Release: Eurostat data for 2014 confirms need for European residual waste target

Press Release: Eurostat data for 2014 confirms need for European residual waste target | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
For immediate release: Brussels, 23/03/16 According to Eurostat statistics on waste released on 22/03/16, each European generated 475 kg of waste in 2014, only 44% of this is being recycled or composted. The remaining 56% ended up landfilled ( [...]
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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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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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Flemish Minister Tommelein wants to stop subsidies for incineration

Flemish Minister Tommelein wants to stop subsidies for incineration | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Vlaams minister van Energie Bart Tommelein (Open VLD) vindt dat de subsidiëring van verbrandingsovens via groenestroomcertificaten niet langer kan. Omda
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We have to recycle water on a massive scale – this is how we can

We have to recycle water on a massive scale – this is how we can | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The world is running out of drinkable water, and putting a price on the stuff won't work. But we are well on the way to building a circular water economy
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Circular economy principles being applied to the limited water supply.

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Chemicals giant launches new circular economy packaging using 25% recycled waste

Chemicals giant launches new circular economy packaging using 25% recycled waste | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Refinery and chemicals giant Total has launched a new range of recyclable polymer packaging made from at least 25% recycled household waste from Western Europe, as part of the companies pledge to embed closed-loop models in its production phase. - edie news centre
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How The North Face is reshaping its supply chain through chemical responsibility

How The North Face is reshaping its supply chain through chemical responsibility | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
For the best part of a decade, outdoor wear giant North Face has been committed to a responsible chemistry programme which aims to create significant environmental savings that go beyond compliance, to identify environmentally preferable chemicals and to reduce overall chemical use in its supply ... - edie news centre
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Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance

Post-Brexit Britain must embrace circular economy to trade with EU, says Green Alliance | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: The legislation established as part of the European Union's nascent Circular Economy Package will still shape how a post-Brexit Britain develops new resource-efficient products and closed-loop business models, regardless of whether we stay in the single market or not. - edie news centre
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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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EC defends ‘realistic’ circular economy reform before MEPs

EC defends ‘realistic’ circular economy reform before MEPs | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The European Commission has stood by its plans to strengthen EU waste laws at an ENVI debate where MEPs of all political stripes rallied behind a much more ambitious proposal
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'Ahead of the curve': Why M&S wants to collaborate to innovate on sustainable packaging

'Ahead of the curve': Why M&S wants to collaborate to innovate on sustainable packaging | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
EXCLUSIVE: Marks & Spencer (M&S) wants to be 'ahead of the curve' when it comes to applying circular economy principles to plastic packaging and therefore developing more sustainable, collaborative supply chains within the retail industry. - edie news centre
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EU vows tough enforcement of circular economy package

EU vows tough enforcement of circular economy package | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The circular economy package of waste and recycling laws will be backed by tougher European Commission enforcement than seen under previous administrations, an official yesterday (5 April) told plastic industry delegates. - edie news centre
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