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"Incineration is a completely outdated technology, we should go for a zero waste society" French ENVI minister Ségolène Royale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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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.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

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
Matthew Franklin's insight:

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.
Matthew Franklin's insight:

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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Exclusive: Tesco boss calls for greater transparency to tackle food waste

Exclusive: Tesco boss calls for greater transparency to tackle food waste | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Retailers are showing a "growing appetite" to collaborate to tackle food waste, but still need to provide clearer information and deliver better reporting standards to drive change, the chief executive of Britain's largest supermarket group has told edie. - edie news centre
Matthew Franklin's insight:

There is no question about it, food waste is a growing problem. How it is tackled matters. We need to ensure that any efforts to prevent food waste follow the 'Food Waste Hierarchy'

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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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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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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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New technology could help break down city’s plastic problem

New technology could help break down city’s plastic problem | Zero Waste Europe | Scoop.it
Investors say organic additive can dramatically cut biodegradation time
Matthew Franklin's insight:

Without knowing more it is unclear what this really means, until more details about how such technology works is released we continue to call for a reduction of plastic waste, and a more effective 'zero waste' management strategy rather than technological fixes.

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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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