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"Incineration is a completely outdated technology, we should go for a zero waste society" French ENVI minister Ségolène Royale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
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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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Garbage City: The scavengers making a fortune from other people's rubbish - BBC News

Garbage City: The scavengers making a fortune from other people's rubbish - BBC News | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Despite the growing intolerance Copts face in Egypt, they are finding great success in the country's recycling business.
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Informal recycling playign an important role in waste management worldwide

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Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure

Saving silver: portable micro-factories could turn e-waste trash into treasure | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A new low-cost alternative to smelting could solve Australia’s electronic waste problem, eliminate shipping emissions and create new business opportunities
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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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Rivers Flowing Into the Great Lakes Are Teeming with Microplastic Pollution

Rivers Flowing Into the Great Lakes Are Teeming with Microplastic Pollution | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The minute plastics are in the food chain, and they’re increasingly shown to harm the health of marine animals.
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Chewing Gum Action Group - Litter Lounge

UK Chewing Gum Action Group. Location: Hackney, London 2016. More information about the Chewing Gum Action Group can be found on their website
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Check out this innovative action tackling chewing gum waste

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Tackling Food Waste as a Way to Save the Climate, Too

Tackling Food Waste as a Way to Save the Climate, Too | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
At his hog farm about a dozen miles from Las Vegas’ famed strip, Bob Combs became a celebrity of sorts for hauling thousands of pounds of leftovers from casinos’ all-you-can-eat buffets and feeding it to his 3,000 pigs. Farmers used to call the practice “garbage feeding.” Today, researchers see it as a tool for stemming climate change. That’s because the growing amount of wasted food around the world adds methane, a potent greenhouse gas, to the atmosphere as it rots in landfills.
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Plastic microbeads to be banned by 2017, UK government pledges - BBC News

Plastic microbeads to be banned by 2017, UK government pledges - BBC News | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Plastic microbeads used in cosmetics and cleaning products are to be banned by the end of next year, the UK government pledges.
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The Secret Justice System That Lets Executives Escape Their Crimes

The Secret Justice System That Lets Executives Escape Their Crimes | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
A parallel legal universe, open only to corporations and largely invisible to everyone else, helps executives convicted of crime
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Microbead toxins could permeate human tissue, say experts

Microbead toxins could permeate human tissue, say experts | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The Daily Mail launched its ‘Ban the Beads’ campaign amid growing evidence of the damage they cause to the environment. Now experts think they could enter the food chain through fish.
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To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming, we need to battle for the cup - The Simply Cups blog

To keep the momentum of circular economy brimming, we need to battle for the cup - The Simply Cups blog | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's recent War on Waste TV programme exposed the fact that so few paper cups are actually being recycled. Those inside the industry knew this all along, but the public seemingly didn't and now feel cheated by some of the claims being made by the big coffee brands.
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Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Canned Foods

Consumer Advocates Push For Better Warning Labels On Canned Foods | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
California regulators are under fire for keeping state-mandated label warnings off of canned foods. Consumers groups are pushing for a new state agency to take over oversight.
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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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Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers

Keep EU environmental legislation post-Brexit, urge manufacturers | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Manufacturers want to see EU environmental legislation transposed to a post-Brexit Britain, but also recognise an opportunity to cut 'red tape' and explore a simpler, more UK-specific approach to green policy. - edie news centre
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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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The Real Junk Food Project: revolutionising how we tackle food waste

The Real Junk Food Project: revolutionising how we tackle food waste | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The Real Junk Food Project started in Leeds and has grown into a global phenomenon. Its mission? To end food waste (and help local schools along the way)
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Yellow, Fuzzy and Flat: Where Do Recycled Tennis Balls Go?

Yellow, Fuzzy and Flat: Where Do Recycled Tennis Balls Go? | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Although most tennis balls end up in landfills, there is a growing effort to reuse them.
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Daphne Bramham: A 'smog' of plastic may be killing our oceans

Daphne Bramham: A 'smog' of plastic may be killing our oceans | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
If only there were massive garbage patches, the fix would be simple. But microplastics are the problem and they're in the food chain.
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UK government to ban microbeads from cosmetics by end of 2017

UK government to ban microbeads from cosmetics by end of 2017 | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Tiny pieces of plastic in personal beauty products, that end up in the oceans and are swallowed by marine life, will be banned from sale in the UK by the end of 2017, the Government announced on Saturday. - edie news centre
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Fish for dinner? Your seafood might come with a side of plastic

Fish for dinner? Your seafood might come with a side of plastic | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Fish are “stuffing themselves” on plastic, but scientists are still trying to figure out what effect that might have on those of us who eat seafood
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Estonia to ban free plastic bags in stores beginning July 2017

Estonia to ban free plastic bags in stores beginning July 2017 | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Citing an EU directive, the Estonian Ministry of the Environment plans on banning free lightweight plastic bags in stores beginning July 2017 and raising the price of heavier plastic shopping bags available in stores up to one euro apiece beginning in 2019.
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Implementing EU rule on reducing use of single-use #plasticbags Estonia plans on banning free lightweight plastic bags in July 2017

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8 maps show plastic’s impact on the world’s oceans — and what’s being done about it

8 maps show plastic’s impact on the world’s oceans — and what’s being done about it | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
The world’s oceans are awash in plastic pollution, and as these maps and charts show, the situation is poised to worsen unless drastic changes take place.
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What these maps don't show is who profits from plastic pollution, and it is largely western corporations.

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