Mapping urban agriculture in Amsterdam

Categories: Governance, Strategy and Planning, Biogenic fraction, Eco Production, Economic, Communication and Education, Recycling, Land use, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: Amsterdam City Council

Main partners:

  • Local residents in small-scale initiatives
  • Urban agriculture companies

Localisation: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Summary

In January 2014 the City Council launched a food policy “Voedsel en Amsterdam” (Food and Amsterdam), in which the policy agenda was set by the themes education, sustainability, connecting initiatives and debate. In 2015 food and urban agriculture became part of the provisional Green Agenda, defined by the new alderman on Sustainability and Public Space. To visualize the various urban agriculture initiatives in the city of Amsterdam an interactive map was made in 2014 and actualized since.

Integrated waste management in Treviso

Categories: Instruments, Eco Production, Legal, Economic, Waste Prevention, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Energy, Communication and Education, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Recycling

Organisation: Contarina (public waste management company)

Main partners:

  • Social Cooperatives

Localisation: 50 municipalities within the province of Treviso, in the Veneto region (Italy)

Summary

The Contarina company was created in 1989 to manage waste collection for an increasing number of municipalities (today 50 municipalities) in the province of Treviso. Since 2015, Contarina has also been in charge of the post-mortem landfills after a 2000 decision by the Province of Treviso to close landfills. All this was done according to the systems and directions established by the Priula and Treviso consortia (to become the Consorzio de Bacino Priula in 2014). Subsequently, Contarina’s mandate expanded to include services such as road sweeping and the collection of special and hazardous waste, in addition to the collection and disposal of urban waste. Contarina’s success is based on a curbside collection system with a “pay as you throw” fee: a model that has been thoroughly tried and tested.

Scotland strategy for circular economy

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Design, Biogenic fraction, Instruments, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Business models, Paper, Legal, Eco Production, Eco Consumption, Economic, Metal, Waste Prevention, Glass, Technical and Research, Material fractions, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Communication and Education, EEE, Recycling, Product Service Systems, Land use, Wood, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Collaborative Economy

Organisation: 1) The Scottish Government; 2)Zero Waste Scotland

Main partners:

Scottish Government agencies including

Financial support of:

  • European Regional Development funds

Localisation: Scotland (UK)

Summary

Zero Waste Scotland (ZWS) was a programme set up in 2010 to support the implementation of the Scottish Government’s Zero Waste Plan. In 2014, ZWS became an independent not-for-profit company, funded by the Scottish Government to deliver circular economy and low carbon policy priorities. Scotland has realised the benefits of being a frontrunner in waste reduction and the government has consistently supported local authorities to drive up recycling rates. This ambition for a Zero Waste society evolved into strong support for a Circular Economy.

Supply of sustainable concrete at the London Olympics

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Production, Economic, Energy, Recycling, Industrial and Territorial Ecology

Organisation: Olympic Delivery Authority (England)

Localisation: London (United Kingdom)

Summary

The London bid to host the 2012 Games set out a plan for how the Games could play a major role in the revitalisation of east London. Equally important was to achieve this in a sustainable manner, provide value for money, and to leave a lasting legacy for east London. The Olympic Delivery Authority’s (ODA) central job was to deliver venues, facilities and infrastructure and transport in a way that ‘maximised the delivery of sustainable objectives, on time and within the available budget’. This included the supply of the innitially estimated 500,000 m3 of ready-mix concrete required to build both the sporting venues and supporting infrastructure.