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"Incineration is a completely outdated technology, we should go for a zero waste society" French ENVI minister Ségolène Royale

Au lendemain de l'abandon de l'écotaxe, au profit d'un nouveau système, la ministre de l'Écologie, du Développement durable et de l’Énergie est l'invitée de la matinale. Elle répond aux questions de Patrick Cohen et à celles des auditeurs. http://www.franceinter.fr/emission-le-79-segolene-royal-je-crois-a-la-politique-par-la-preuve
ZWE's insight:

Great news coming from France, one of the countries with more incinerators in Europe and in the world!

If France is serious about walking the Zero Waste path it will be a significant change in the field of resource management.

However, the French model of previous years based on big-scale mechanical biological treatment should also be revisited in favour of high quality separate collection at source and product and process redesign.

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The Organic Stream's curator insight, June 30, 2014 5:26 AM

Things are changing in France! Last week, French Environment Minister Ségolène Royale called for 10 cities to engage in Zero Waste, and stated that incineration is an old model that should no longer be used. She also referred to the circular economy, arguing that the waste could be a resource material.

This is a huge step forward and taking such a clear position on the issue marks a dramatic shift in thinking, and it remains to be seen how it will unfold.

Nevertheless. as a country with large amounts of incineration plants, the Ministers' words should cause those who still consider incineration as a suitable solution to waste to think twice.

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Slashed Budgets and Toxic Chemicals: Planning for Environmental Carnage Under Donald Trump’s EPA

Slashed Budgets and Toxic Chemicals: Planning for Environmental Carnage Under Donald Trump’s EPA | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Donald Trump appointed an industry lobbyist and climate-change denier to head his EPA transition team. Here's where we can expect the first wave of attacks.
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Emily Penn: How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food?

Emily Penn: How Do Toxins From Plastics Find Their Way Into Our Food? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Ocean advocate Emily Penn has seen first hand how much plastic ends up in the oceans. She explains how the toxins from plastic makes their way into our food chain and how we might be able to stop it.
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Brexit: a bad choice is no excuse for not moving towards zero waste - Zero Waste Europe Blog

Brexit: a bad choice is no excuse for not moving towards zero waste - Zero Waste Europe Blog | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
How will Brexit impact Britain's waste management practices? Joan Marc Simon of Zero Waste Europe says that it doesn't have to mean the end of the path to a zero-waste future for Britain.
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Tons of hazardous waste thrown out - globally, this year

Hazardous waste statistics are not very pleasant to look at. We produce more than 400 million tons each year. Read on below to see how many thousand percent the production of manmade chemicals has increased in just one generation.
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Greenland calls on Denmark to clean up toxic waste buried in melting ice sheet

Greenland calls on Denmark to clean up toxic waste buried in melting ice sheet | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Greenland's government wants Denmark to pay for cleanup at a nuclear waste site under the island's melting ice sheet.
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Dad Launches Startup That Puts Toxic Kids’ Products to the Test

Dad Launches Startup That Puts Toxic Kids’ Products to the Test | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Chinese parent concerned about potentially harmful stationery used by children founds scientific sleuthing company.
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Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups

Giant coffee cup bins invade Manchester in an attempt to recycle 20,000 paper cups | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Thanks to the efforts of a host of retailers including Caffé Nero, Costa and McDonald's, the streets of Manchester will soon be inundated with giant coffee cup bins, as charity Hubbub attempts to save 20,000 paper cups from ending up in landfill. - edie news centre
Matthew Franklin's insight:

This is an interesting and largely positive project, but for us what is more important is eliminating single-use packaging, and this includes coffee cups.

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There is so much to be gained by introducing deposit return scheme

There is so much to be gained by introducing deposit return scheme | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it

LITTER is one of the issues every politician at every level hears complaints about from constituents. Untidy streets, overflowing bins, cans in…
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Study finds about 100 super polluters are fouling the air we breathe

Study finds about 100 super polluters are fouling the air we breathe | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it

The Bergen Generating Station on Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield, owned by PSEG Power, is North America's largest producer of toxic emissions, an independent investigation found.

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The litter levy: Should brands take responsibility for the UK's waste woes?

The litter levy: Should brands take responsibility for the UK's waste woes? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Famous brands such as McDonald's, Coca Cola, Costa Coffee and Wrigley should strive to become a "big part of the solution" to the amount of litter plaguing UK streets, by pairing with the Government to implement an Extended Produce Responsibility (EPR) scheme. - edie news centre
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Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years

Wales doubles recycling rates in 10 years | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Wales continues to lead the UK on waste management as new recycling figures for this year reveal that the country has doubled the amount of waste it has recycled over the past decade. - edie news centre
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China’s polluted capital may be scaling back its smog clean-up

China’s polluted capital may be scaling back its smog clean-up | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Acting mayor Cai Qi has cut city’s 2020 targets for reducing toxic particulates, suggesting that 2022 goals will not be met
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Plastic fibers emerge as Great Lakes pollutant

Plastic fibers emerge as Great Lakes pollutant | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A recent study of Great Lakes tributaries found that plastic pollution isn't just from the beads in consumer products, but that it also falls into three other broad categories.
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Why world's climate response 'will be won or lost in cities'

Why world's climate response 'will be won or lost in cities' | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
In Quito, Ecuador, a UN conference on cities reveals global momentum to seek lower-carbon urban living patterns. But blending emission cuts with economic growth is a daunting challenge, especially in the Global South.
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Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year

Renewables made up half of net electricity capacity added last year | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Experts hail rapid transformation that will see clean energy outgrow fossil fuels in the next five years - but warn UK is failing to exploit huge potential
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The data in this article demonstrates that 'renewable' waste-to-energy is not the solution for renewable energy, and that there are other more efficient examples.

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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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A world without waste

A world without waste | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A garbage crisis in Naples, Italy, gave birth to the "zero waste" movement, but is the rest of Europe brave enough to change the way it thinks about trash?
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A Pervasive Threat: The Danger of in utero BPA Exposure - Endocrine News

A Pervasive Threat: The Danger of in utero BPA Exposure - Endocrine News | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new study presented at ENDO 2016 revealed a possible link between bisphenol A exposure in utero to breast cancer later in life. In the process, the researchers created a new bioassay that can test chemicals much faster than typical animal studies. Almost every single person alive today has detectable amounts of endocrine-disrupting chemical
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An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid

An energy first as UK successfully transmits data via national electricity grid | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Data has been transmitted across a national electricity grid for the first time, in what could be a significant step towards the creation of virtual power stations, where many thousands of homes and businesses combine to manage electricity use more smartly. - edie news centre
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Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It

Coke and Pepsi Give Millions to Public Health, Then Lobby Against It | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new report documents the beverage industry’s deep financial ties to health groups as part of a strategy to silence critics and gain unlikely allies.
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the New York Times exposes how Coke and Pepsi have effectively bought out the health groups in the US in an effort to silence them on progressive tax policy to reduce obesity and diabetes

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Companies commit to swapping HFCs for natural refrigerants

Hundreds of companies have committed to installing only new equipment with natural or alternative refrigerants with low global warming potential as part of international efforts to phase down hydrofluorocarbons
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New chemicals may be less toxic for Arctic wildlife: researcher

New chemicals may be less toxic for Arctic wildlife: researcher | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Preliminary research shows some chemicals used in many everyday items like pesticides and clothing may be better for the environment than the original persistent organic pollutants they replaced.
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