ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN BOLOGNA

Categories: Collaborative Economy, Economic, EEE, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Land use, Legal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Bologna Municipal Authority

Main partners:

Localisation: Bologna (IT)

Summary

Bologna Municipal Authority’s Register for Active Participation (Registro Cittadinanza Attiva del Comune di Bologna) represents an excellent example of governance structures and new legal frameworks aimed at fostering circular economy initiatives. The municipal authority has approved several circular economy projects within the framework of Bologna’s Regulations for the Care and Regeneration of Urban Public Property that was adopted by the Municipal Authority in 2014. One example is the association REUSE WITH LOVE, which is registered on the list for active participation in Bologna, with its two projects REUSE WITH LOVE and REUSE FOR GOOD.

Urban Food Strategy in Tukums

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Consumption, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Tukums Municipality

Main partners:

 

Localisation: Tukums (Latvia)

Summary

This good practices factsheet looks at the strategic objectives of the Urban Food Strategy adopted by the city of Tukums, deriving from the cooperation with the Foodlinks programme. Actually, Foodlinks, within its objective to promote sustainable food consumption and production, developed a specific ‘Community of Practice on Urban Food Strategies’. The project was carried out by different European municipalities, including Tukums.

Industrial Symbiosis in Sabadell and Barberà del Vallès

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, EEE, Energy, Glass, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Technical and Research, Water, Wood

Organisation: Barbera del Valles Municipality (Spain), Sabadell Municipality (Spain)

Main partners:

Localisation: Corridor of Barberà del Vallès – Sabadell (Spain)

Summary

In order to spread industrial symbiosis concepts and its advantages to the 2,500 manufacturer companies forming part of the industrial area corridor of Barberà del Vallès – Sabadell, the two municipalities are working together to share resources and implement a common industrial symbiosis program. The main goal is to establish the basis of a new economic model based in more collaborative participation of the companies to maximize its resource efficiency.

Greenbizz Incubator

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Eco Production, Economic, EEE, Energy, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Wood

Organisation: Citydev.Brussels - Brussels Regional Development Agency (helps businesses find sites in the Brussels-Capital Region. It also builds private homes as part of urban renewal projects)

Main partners:

  • Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)
  • Impulse.brussels (Brussels Entreprise Agency)
  • BBRI (Belgian Building Research Institute, a federal public research institute. 90,000 Belgian construction companies are members of this Institute)

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

The Brussels Greenbizz is a pre-incubation, incubation, prototyping and production infrastructure. The goals include boosting sustainable economic sectors in Brussels and supporting business initiatives in the sustainable economy by offering start-ups an optimum environment in which to develop their business ideas in a totally new building pioneering innovative, pleasing and exemplary architecture in terms of sustainable development.

Reused drugs in Genoa

Categories: Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: AMIU (Azienda Multiservizi e d'Igiene Urbana) (local municipal waste management and garbage disposal agency of Genova municipality)

Main partners:

Localisation: Genoa (IT)

Summary

"The medication prolongs life” (Il farmaco allunga la vita): The Genoese Pharmacies owned by the Municipality, in collaboration with the Association Gigi Ghirotti, are engaged in the collection of unused, valid, non-heat-sensitive medicines and with undamaged packages. The material are handed over to the eight community pharmacies and used by poor patients.

Circular Economy in Basque country

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

Organisation: 1) Basque Government’s Ministry for the Environment and Territorial Policy; 2) Ihobe (public agency of environment)

Main partners:

  • Udalsarea 21 network
  • Basque eco-design center

Localisation: Basque Country (ES)

Summary

In the case of the Basque Country, boosting the circular economy means committing to “greening” manufacturing, products, consumption and end-of-life, through public-private collaboration. Basque country has a long culture of networking and public-private collaboration and an average to high position on the “regional innovation scoreboard”.

Community gardens in Utrecht

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Collaborative Economy, Eco Production, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Land use

Tags: community gardens, Utrecht

Organisation: Utrecht City

Main partners:

Localisation: Utrecht (The Netherlands)

Summary

In Utrecht in the last few years a great diversity of community gardens has emerged. These include: gardens where young children work together with elderly people, gardens where people with diverse ethnic backgrounds unite, gardens where vulnerable people with severe mental and addiction challenges can find peace and learn to participate in society again, gardens in privileged neighbourhoods as well as in poorer districts, food gardens, educational gardens as well as more creative art gardens.

Bottom-up urban planning in Almere Oosterwold

Categories: Collaborative Economy, Eco Production, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Land use

Tags: Oosterwold, urban planning

Organisation: 1. Municipality of Zeewolde; 2. Municipality of Almere

Main partners:

  • Initiators from Civil society and citizens

Localisation: Almere (The Netherlands)

Summary

Oosterwold is an area of 4,300 hectares to the east of Almere, with space for 15,000 new habitations while still maintaining its green and agriculutural character. The municipalities of Zeewolde and Almere, who together govern the area, have decided to leave the development of this area entirely to private citizen’s initiative.

Ghent Food Strategy

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Eco Production, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Waste Prevention, Water

Organisation: Ghent municipality

Main partners:

 

Localisation: Ghent (Belgium)

Summary

The main goal of Ghent’s food policy is to lessen the negative climate impacts in every step of the food chain and increase the sustainability of the food system. After instating the project ‘Thursday Veggie-day’ [Donderdag Veggiedag], the city wanted to create a strategy that would help towards the goal in making Ghent a climate neutral city by 2050, including its food system. As a result of this commitment, Gent launched the Gent en Garde program in 2013.

Recycling fund in Scotland

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Production, Economic, EEE, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse

Organisation: Zero Waste Scotland

Main partners:

Localisation: Scotland (UK)

Summary

The Scottish Recycling Fund (SRF) is a £3.8 million (€5 million) fund established in 2015 by Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Enterprise to develop or expand materials reprocessing capacity and remanufacturing facilities in Scotland. The fund is able to offer loans, repayable over a 3-5 year period on commercial terms, to organisations that are interested in developing the relevant infrastructure in Scotland. While loans are primarily for capital investment, they can include working capital.

Scottish institute for remanufacture (SIR)

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Design, Eco Production, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: 1. Zero Waste Scotland; 2. Scottish Funding Council (Scottish strategic body for funding teaching and learning provision and research)

Main partners:

  • Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service
  • Scottish Enterprise
  • Centre for Engineering Education and development
  • Scottish Universities

Localisation: Scotland (UK)

Summary

The Scottish Institute for Remanufacture (SIR) is funded by the Scottish Funding Council and Zero Waste Scotland. Hosted at the University of Strathclyde, SIR is a pan Scotland centre of excellence to increase innovation in remanufacturing. By stimulating and co-funding collaborative projects that address industry challenges it enables companies to increase reuse, repair and remanufacture in their manufacturing operations.

Circular Friesland Strategy

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

Organisation: Circular Friesland Association

Main partners:

Localisation: Friesland (NL)

Summary

The Circular Friesland Association (Vereniging Circulair Friesland) was initiated by coorporations within Friesland, later drawing in the provincial municipalities as partners. There was an acceptance that future business models would have to change due to the changing state of natural resources. In Friesland the chains are short and most parties are already familiar with eachother, allowing the concept of circular economy to be absorbed in the transition that was already taking place within the area.

Horta à Porta in Porto

Categories: Biodiversity, Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Eco Production, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Land use, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Main partners:

  • Municipalities – Porto, Maia, Matosinhos, Espinho, Gondomar, Valongo e Vila do Conde;
  • Local Authorities (Parishes) of São Pedro de Rates, Aldoar Foz do Douro e Nevogilde, Aver-o-Mar Amorim e Terroso, Custóias Leça do Balio e Guifões, Vairão, Fajozes, Ermesinde, e Gondomar, Valbom e Jovim;
  • Institutions and Companies – Therapeutic Community of Meilão, Porto Night Shelters, TECMAIA – Maia Technology and Sciences Park, CICCOPN – Vocational Training Center, ALADI – Lavra’s Association for the Intellectually Disabled, Sé Cathedral Social Institution, ACISJF – International Catholic Association at the Service of Feminine Youth, Maia Municipal Company, COHAEMATO – Housing Cooperative, APPACDM – Portuguese Association of Parents and Friends of the Mental Disabled, InComunidade – Cooperative of Social Solidarity, Ermesinde Social Centre and Porto Holy House of Mercy.

Localisation: Greater Porto (Portugal)

Summary

Since Lipor’s constitution, in 1982, the organic waste management has represented a crucial issue in Lipor’s strategy. Through composting, Lipor has promoted the recovery of the organic fraction present in the Municipal Waste (about of 40%, in weight, of its composition) and the production of a natural compost with beneficial properties for lands poor in organic matter.

Currently, and taking into account the National and European politics, Lipor developed a sustainable management of the municipal waste produced by its associated municipalities, in which preventing waste production is considered the starting point. Although there are several projects related with home composting, educational kitchen gardens and organic farming in Porto's Region, they are spread and not easily accessible to the population. The creation of a net of this nature has a great importance.

In an attempt to optimize the existing areas, information and resources in the region, Lipor launched the Project Horta à Porta. This initiative allows the creation of dynamic and productive green areas but also the promotion of the contact with nature and healthful habits without forgetting the waste reduction.

Ecodynamic enterprise label

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Eco Production, EEE, Energy, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Water, Wood

Organisation: Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM)

Main partners:

  • Impulse.brussels (Brussels Entreprise Agency)
  • BECI (Chamber of commerce in Brussels)

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

The Ecodynamic enterprise label was created in 1999 by Brussels Environment. This Environmental Management System (EMS) offers private companies and public administrations with a systematic approach to lowering their impact on the environment. The “Ecodynamic enterprise” label is an official recognition of good environmental management practices by the Brussels-Capital Region. It encourages the introduction of an EMS, with a view towards eventual EMAS or ISO 14001 registrations. There are three levels depending on the initial level of environmental performance within the organisation. Each level is symbolised by stars. Applications are evaluated based on a large range of criteria. These criteria concern specific ecomanagement actions, quality of the environmental review, and the plan of actions established.

Supply of recycled cartridges in Rome

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Other Fractions, Recycling

Organisation: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital

Localisation: Rome

Summary

This good practices factsheet focuses on the tender for the acquisition of recycled cartridges by the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital.

Sustainable procurement of office supplies in Ghent

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Other Fractions, Paper, Recycling

Organisation: City of Ghent

Localisation: Ghent (Belgium)

Summary

In 2008, the City of Ghent put the Ghent 2020 action plan into place, setting the policy scene for concrete actions for a sustainable, inclusive and open society. This good practice factsheet focuses on the city of Ghent’s procuremet of paper and office supply.

De Site project in Ghent

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Collaborative Economy, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Land use, Technical and Research

Organisation: Social structures Ghent NPO (Samenlevingsopbouw Gent vzw)

Main partners:

Localisation: Ghent (Belgium)

Summary

The Site (De site) is a meeting point for local residents in Ghent of different population group, nationalities and people of different ages. This kind of meeting place is created not only by providing the necessary infrastructure (including a 3000 m² urban horticulture plot, mini kitchen gardens, a multi-purpose sports terrain, containers to provide material storage and work space, etc.), but also by developing projects with appropriate content (relating to both the neighbourhood and beyond).

Multi-use wine bottle project in Styria

Categories: Communication and Education, Economic, Glass, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Styrian Chamber of Agriculture

Main partners:

  • Styrian FA19D Waste and Material Flow Management
  • Styrian winegrowing enterprises

Localisation: Styria (Austria)

Summary

This action was organised in 2011 as a pilot project by the Specialised Division 19D Waste and Material Flow Management of the Styrian Provincial Government and the Wine Department of the Styrian Chamber of Agriculture in collaboration with Styrian winegrowers, SPAR supermarkets and the friends of Styrian quality wines. The action aimed to increase the quantity of Steiermarkflaschen that are refilled after their first use.

Watch your waste campaign in Manchester

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Glass, Legal, Metal, Other bulky items, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: Recycle for Greater Manchester

Localisation: Manchester (United Kingdom)

Summary

The action took place in Manchester (and the other 8 districts) in 2011. Recycle for Greater Manchester (R4GM) proposed to develop a watch your waste week event to promote awareness of waste prevention activities in order to encourage a change in behavior by showing how small changes can make a difference without the need to change lifestyle. The watch your waste week campaign would also be a celebration event of what has been achieved to date to reduce waste across Greater Manchester.

Waste reduction project in Saint-Gilles

Categories: Communication and Education, Paper, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Communal authority of Saint-Gilles

Main partners:

Localisation: Saint-Gilles (Belgium)

Summary

The communal authority of Saint-Gilles has for several years carried out waste reduction actions, and more widely sustainable development actions. During the Week for Waste Reduction in 2009, the commune took advantage of it to highlight what it was doing and to launch new initiatives, directed both at its personnel and at its inhabitants.

Bienvenue a Poubellec’h campaign in Crozon

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Communauté de communes de la Presqu’île de Crozon

Main partners:

  • ADEME

Localisation: Crozon (France)

Summary

During the European Week for Waste Reduction in 2009 and to meet its own waste reduction objectives, the community of municipalities, in partnership with the Maison des Minéraux, ADEME and the Finistère Departmental Council, decided to devise an educational game to raise awareness among all residents about practices aimed at producing less waste.

Educational campaign on waste reduction in Denia

Categories: Communication and Education, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Ayuntamiento de Denia

Main partners:

  • Conselleria de Medio Ambiente, Agua, Urbanismo y Vivienda of Valencia Community

Localisation: Denia (Spain)

Summary

The objective of the action was to give a second life to objects that people didn´t want anymore and would have ended up being a waste in the future.

Better than new, a repair and reuse campaign in Tiana

Categories: Communication and Education, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: Environmental Authority of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (EMA-AMB)

Main partners:

  • Catalan Waste Agency (ARC)

Localisation: Tiana (Spain)

Summary

The entity’s “Better than new, 100% Old Campaign” made proposals for change aimed at the most sensitive citizens. The campaign encourages repair and reuse with a view to extending the useful life of the products along different routes: repairer network in districts, second hand and exchange markets, specific repair workshops, etc. (2010)

Piu-m@re project in Gallipoli

Categories: Communication and Education, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Municipality of Gallipoli

Main partners:

  • National Steering Committee of the EWWR (AICA, Italian Ministry for the environment, municipality of Rome, Legambiente, Utilitalia, etc.)

Localisation: Gallipoli (Italy)

Summary

The action was designed to reduce the pollution’s marine ecosystem caused by abandonment of fishing gear worn by the dissemination of good practices of reuse and recovery.

Reusable nappies in Donostia

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Ayuntamiento de Donostia – San Sebastian

Main partners:

Localisation: Donostia (Spain)

Summary

Disposable nappies represent 2% of total municipal waste in San Sebastian. The objective of the initiative that took place in 2011 was therefore to reduce this type of waste and promote the use of reusable nappies.

Pilot plant of the institute of industrial and automation technologies in Milan

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Eco Design, EEE, Energy, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Plastic, Product Service Systems, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Institute of industrial and automation technologies

Main partners:

  • Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR)
  • Dipartimento di ingegneria, ICT e tecnologie per l’energia e trasporti (DIITET)
  • Manufuture European Platform (MEP)
  • Others partners: see weblink

Localisation: Milan (Italy)

Summary

ITIA-CNR continuously supports the competitiveness of the manufacturing sector by bringing innovation in the factory. The enabling technologies and tools developed by their Research Departments are used to realize physical pilot factories which represent valuable platforms to support industrial research and the transfer of research results to companies. One example is a pilot plant for the De–and Remanufacturing of automotive mechatronic components. Some others research fields in addition to demanufacturing are Industrial Products-Service System and Product-Service Systems across Life Cycle or the future of 3D-printing.

Warp it in Sunderland

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Material fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Sunderland City Council

Main partners:

Localisation: Sunderland (United Kingdom)

Summary

The Sunderland Partnership is a collaboration between numerous public and private institutions, as well as the community and voluntary sectors, to improve the quality of life for all city inhabitants. One of its programmes oversees the active sharing of “end-of-life” products in order to reduce costs and avoid waste. Warp It, a software program that enables different organisations in a particular region to connect and exchange products, is used to achieve these objectives.

Proximity separate collection in Ljubljana

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Economic, Glass, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Legal, Metal, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: SNAGA (public waste management company in Ljubljana and its surrounding municipalities - Brezovica, Dobrova - Polhov Gradec, Dol pri Ljubljani, Ig, Horjul, Medvode, Škofljica, Velike Lašče and Vodice)

Localisation: Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Summary

Since 2008, the public waste management company replaced ordinary containers in the centre of Ljubljana with underground collection points, thus rationalising waste management and improving the appearance of the city. Glass, packaging and paper can be deposited by anyone, while a card is required to deposit organic and residual waste (available free of charge to all household users living in the area). The project proved to be extremely successful and is often presented as an example of good practice to other cities.

Product-service system module by UCM

Categories: Biodiversity, Eco Design, Energy, Land use, Material fractions, Product Service Systems, Technical and Research, Water

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (IBGE-BIM)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)

Summary

The Brussels-Capital Region has granted a budget of € 60,000 to UCM to test a support module for SMEs (less than 10 people) over Product-Service System. From March 2014 to December 2014, seven companies (2 start-up and 5 existing companies) have followed the individual and collective support module. The selected SME starts with an individual interview or pre-diagnosis made by UCM to suggest to most relevant model/tool based on its profile. Then, the SME follows 6 collective sessions, complemented by two personal meetings with a consultant, over 10 months and a regular follow up by UCM.

100-100-100 Waste-free-days

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Municipalities of: Apeldoorn, Bronckhorst, Brummen, Deventer, Doesburg, Epe, Lochem and Zutphen

Main partners:

Localisation: Apeldoorn, Bronckhorst, Brummen, Deventer, Doesburg, Epe, Lochem and Zutphen

Summary

Circulus-Berkel, in partnership with municipal governments, organized an awareness raising and training program focusing on household waste, such as organic waste, kitchen waste and PMD (plastic, metal and cardboard drink packaging). The focus was placed on behavoural modification through communication. Additionally, an experiment was conducted on avoiding kitchen waste.

Acquisition of paper reams in Bolzano Alto Adige

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Paper, Recycling

Organisation: Autonomous Province of Bolzano Alto Adige

Localisation: Bolzano Alto Adige

Summary

This good practice factsheets forcuses on the acquisition of recycled paper reams by the administration of the province of Bolzano Alto Adige.

Renovation of the ex INPS building in Genoa

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Eco Design, Economic, Energy, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Recycling, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: State Property Office

Localisation: Region Liguria

Summary

This good practices factsheet concerns the renovation of the ex-INPS building (the Italian National Social Security Institution), including the reduction of total energy needs of the building, an improvement in the environmental quality of the interior and the use of recycled materials during the construction phase.

Rental of low-carbon multifunction devices (mfd) in Porto

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy, Other Fractions, Product Service Systems

Organisation: LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Metropolitan Area of Porto

Summary

This good practices factsheet focuses on the tender for renting of imaging equipment to be used in the LIPOR facilities in Porto.

Low environmental impact printed materials in Rome

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Paper, Recycling

Organisation: Metropolitan City of Rome Capital

Localisation: Rome

Summary

This good practices factsheet focuses on the tender for the acquisition of low environmental impact printed material by the Metropolitan City of Rome Capital.

Low environmental impact road maintenance in Fiumicino

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Economic, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other Fractions, Recycling, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Municipality City of Rome Capital

Localisation: Fiumicino municipality

Summary

Subject matter of the contract: works for the road maintenance of the Municipality of Fiumicino with recyled content asphalt, cold laid.

Surrey reuse network

Categories: Communication and Education, EEE, Other bulky items, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: Surrey County Council (SCC)

Main partners:

Localisation: Surrey (United Kingdom)

Summary

The aim of the Surrey Reuse Network (SRN) is to increase furniture reuse across the Surrey county and reduce the volume sent to landfill. More specifically, Surrey County Council (SCC) seeks to (1) enable the 5 networks of Furniture Reuse Organisations (FROs) to work as a county-wide network, delivering coordinated services that would optimise reuse and provide a consistent, high-quality service for residents; (2) build the capacity of individual FROs to handle greater volumes of furniture and white goods; and (3) raise public awareness of the potential for re-use and increase access to it.

Foodbattle program in municipalities in Gelderland

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Other Fractions, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Apeldoorn; Lochem; Brummen; Provincie Gelderland

Main partners:

Localisation: Province of Gelderland

Summary

During the FoodBattles in Apeldoorn, Lochem, Brummen and Eerbeek it was revealed to be possible to decrease the amount of food waste by 20% in three weeks. The concept of FoodBattle is to raise awareness of both consumers and supermarkets on the measures that can be taken to reduce food waste.

Amsterdam Strategy for Circular Economy

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

Organisation: Amsterdam Municipality

Main partners:

With the support of:

With the financial support of:

Localisation: Amsterdam (The Netherlands)

Summary

The Municipality of Amsterdam has released several documents on their strategy for working towards a circular economy. This strategy includes innovative business models, awareness raising activities and resource management projects. This factsheet gives a brief summary and insight into some of these documents and the partner associations working to enact these strategies.

Mapping urban agriculture in Amsterdam

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

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.

Greenlab program for green business in Brussels

Categories: Biodiversity, Biogenic fraction, Collaborative Economy, Communication and Education, Construction Material, Eco Design, Eco Production, EEE, Energy, Glass, Land use, Material fractions, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Product Service Systems, Technical and Research, Water, Wood

Organisation: Impulse Brussels

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)

Summary

GreenLab (previously BSE Academy) has been created to develop the environmental markets in the Brussels-Capital Region and create jobs of all kinds. It offers an “accelerator programme” for projects covering areas such as circular economy, renewable energy and the environment with a focus on projects that have a technological component. Impulse takes care of the academy’s day-to-day running: over a six-month period, around 8-10 business start-ups (of 2-4 people with complementary profiles) receive guidance and support from Impulse itself and various experts and coaches. The aim of GreenLab is to ensure that by the end of the programme those start-ups have a pilot project tested and a business plan and a financial plan in place.

Integrated waste management in Treviso

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

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.

By-products exchange platform in Catalonia

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, EEE, Energy, Glass, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Material fractions, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Technical and Research, Water, Wood

Organisation: Agència de Residus de Catalunya (Waste Agency of Catalonia)

Main partners:

Localisation: Catalonia (Spain) (provides service to companies all over Spain)

Summary

In 1991 the first Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Waste Agency and the Catalan Chambers was signed, and since then subsequent agreements have been in place to provide the By-product Exchange service with the support of the public administration.

Scotland strategy for circular economy

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

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.

Resilientweb pilot on urban farms in Brussels

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Production, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Technical and Research

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels Region (Belgium)

Summary

ResilieNtWEB is a strategic support programme for SMEs to help them increase their resilience, i.e. their ability to anticipate market changes, adjust to them and learn from the process. The project partners are all innovation support actors in the North-West Europe area, aiming to make local economies more resilient and sustainable. A first objective was to make the business case of existing SME more resilient by using the resilient design toolkit. This has delivered short term eco-innovation action plan approved by all SME. A second objective was to test a new collaborative approach by clustering companies on a central innovative project which is the full integration of a greenhouse with building applying the “close the loop” principle. This project was co-funded by Interreg IVB, which promotes better integration within the Union of large regions in different countries facing similar problems. It involves national, regional and local organisations.

Resilientweb toolkit for SME

Categories: Biodiversity, Collaborative Economy, Communication and Education, Eco Design, Eco Production, Energy, Land use, Product Service Systems, Resources, Technical and Research, Water

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: North Western Europe

Summary

ResilieNtWEB is a strategic support programme for SMEs to help them increase their resilience, i.e. their ability to anticipate market changes, adjust to them and learn from the process. The project partners are all innovation support actors in the North-West Europe area, aiming to make local economies more resilient and sustainable. ResilieNtWEB has developed coaching tools for enterprises to become more innovative and sustainable in the continuously changing environmental, economic and social context. This project was co-funded by the Interreg IVB programme, which promotes better integration within the Union of large regions in different countries facing similar problems. It involves national, regional and local organisations.

Ecodesign board games in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region

Categories: Eco Design, Eco Production, Energy, Material fractions, Technical and Research, Water

Organisation: ADEME (public agency in the areas of the environment, energy and sustainable development)

Main partners:

Localisation: Auvergne Rhônes Alpes (France)

Summary

ADEME, in association with the Rhône Alpes region (now Auvergne Rhône Alpes region) and the Pôle Eco-conception, created in 2009 and financed a stakeholder active on eco-design. This organization, in partnership with ADEME proposes to animate workshops for businesses around 2 games: “BtoGreen” and “In the Loop“. The objectives are to understand the strategic value of eco-innovation and to get the knowledge of key steps and issues regarding material resources management and how to prevent /mitigate these issues.

Tertre eco-zoning project in Wallonia

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Energy, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Technical and Research, Water

Organisation: IDEA (Economic Development and Planning actor of various municipalities of Mons-Borinage and Centre)

Main partners:

Localisation: Hainaut (Belgium)

Summary

The eco-zoning Tertre is a project initiated by the Walloon Minister of Economy via “a call for project”. This call fits in a territorial approach named "Heart of Hainaut, energy center". This eco-zoning project is implemented by the creation of several working groups (WG) with different themes. Each working group is led by a project manager selected from the partners. IDEA, an economic actor of 27 municipalities, coordinates the work done, manages meetings, groups’ animation, etc.

Irisphere project (Industrial Symbiosis) in Brussels

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Energy, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other Fractions, Technical and Research, Water, Wood

Organisation: Citydev.brussels - Brussels Regional Development Agency (helps businesses find sites in the Brussels-Capital Region. It also builds private homes as part of urban renewal projects)

Main partners:

  • Ecores
  • 5 firms (Solvay, ZF company, Buzzz Maxi Pesca, Rigobert, etc.)

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

As part of an Interreg IVB project (C2C BIZZ), Citydev.brussels and its technical sub-contractor EcoRes addressed material and energy flows on a business site, at company level. New ‘material’ matches were made between companies on site. The experiences were used to develop the Continuous Loop Tool, a database for companies where they can add their waste materials and the resources they need in order to find matches. The Irisphere program will continue after the end of C2C BIZZ on a larger scale thanks to the ERDF.

Brussels Goodfood Strategy

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Consumption, Eco Production, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: 1) Bruxelles Environnement – Brussels Environment (Environment public administration of Brussels-Capital Region); 2) Bruxelles Economie-Emploi (Economy and jobs public administration of Brussels-Capital Region)

Main partners:

Financial support of:

Localisation: Brussels-Capital Region (BE)

Summary

The objective of the Regional Programme for a Circular Economy (Programme Régional d’Economie circulaire – PREC) is to encourage the transformation of the linear economy into a circular economy. This programme focuses on some of the main sectors for Brussels including sustainable food. Moreover, the food topic is specifically addressed by the GoodFood strategy for a more sustainable system of food consumption and production. By rethinking the food chain, the GoodFood strategy (also called ‘GoodFood Brussels’) aims to reduce waste and increase the amount of food grown locally.

Good food canteens in Brussels

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Energy, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Water

Organisation: Brussels Environment

Main partners:

Biowallonie

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

“Good Food Canteens” is a project that supports a shift towards sustainable food in the Brussels-Capital Region in institutional kitchens, including kitchens in nurseries, schools, companies, care homes and other administrations whether they are under their own management or that of an outside catering company.

Supply of sustainable concrete at the London Olympics

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

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.

Using LCA and CO2 performance in the Netherlands

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy, Legal, Material fractions, Technical and Research

Organisation: Rijkswaterstaat (Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment)

Localisation: The Netherlands

Summary

In 2010, the Dutch House of Commons decided that all public authorities in the Netherlands must implement 100% sustainable procurement as of 2015, which constitutes the inclusion of green criteria in all tenders. Rijkswaterstaat (RWS) is the Department of Public Works within the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. RWS aims to use green public procurement to challenge and encourage contractors and suppliers to provide added value through the delivery of sustainable working practices, green materials, energy efficiency and reduced carbon emissions.

In order to achieve these objectives, RWS uses functional specifications for infrastructure projects, together with tools to gauge bidders’ commitments to reducing carbon emissions within projects and to assess the life cycle environmental impacts of the materials they propose to use. These commitments and impacts are monetised within the award phase of the tender and quoted prices are adjusted accordingly.

Greening of buildings in the Basque Country

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy

Organisation: SPRILUR S.A.(Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, Basque Government)

Localisation: Basque Country

Summary

SPRILUR S.A. is a public authority, which is integrated in the Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness of the Basque Government. SPRILURs intervention in the business market is aimed at guaranteeing the provision of public land and sufficient good quality industrial buildings to meet demand, while promoting industrial and business activity as a source of employment and wealth in the Basque Country.

Since 2009, within all tenders for the construction, restoration and design of industrial buildings (from the design stage to the execution of works), SPRILUR include as part of the award criteria, the degree of sustainability of the proposed project, which is based on the application of guides for the sustainable development of industrial buildings and urban development projects.

Green procurement in schools in Badalona

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy, Legal, Paper, Recycling, Wood

Organisation: Badalona City Council (Spain)

Main partners:

Ecoinstitut Barcelona

Localisation: Badalona (Spain)

Summary

Six schools were chosen to participate in a project aimed at analysing and developing best practice guidelines for the green procurement of five product groups: school materials, building maintenance, cleaning, food and IT products. In addition, the City Council procured a kit of green school materials available to the six participating schools on demand.

Circular procurement of furniture in Venlo

Categories: Eco Consumption, Economic, Glass, Legal, Metal, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: City of Venlo (The Netherlands)

Localisation: Venlo (Netherlands)

Summary

After discarding rehabilitation of the old city hall building as an option due to the bad technical condition of the building and high maintenance costs, the city of Venlo decided to demolish the old building and erect a new city hall that would satisfy the current needs of accessibility and functionality, while delivering at the same time a positive contribution to the town, the staff, the environment and the economy. A design and build competition was launched in 2009, in which designers were asked to present their vision of a sustainable building, making sure to include the use of appropriate safe and healthy materials which can be recycled after their lifetime.This brief focuses on the tender process of the office furniture.

Designing green bus shelters in Cornwall

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Design, Economic, Energy, Glass, Legal, Metal, Wood

Organisation: Cornwall Council (United Kingdom)

Localisation: Cornwall (United Kingdom)

Summary

In 2011 Cornwall had around 6,000 bus stops with a wide range of associated shelters and signs. A programme of improvements to the quality and sustainability of this transport infrastructure, based on need and capacity, was created. The sustainable procurement of bus shelters was conducted in three stages: design; prototype development; and large scale production. This example focuses on the design stage.

Building a greener fire brigade in London

Categories: Eco Design, Economic, Energy, Legal, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Water

Organisation: Greater London Authority (United Kingdom)

Localisation: London Borough of Havering (United Kingdom)

Summary

In 2006, the need for a new fire station serving the growing London Borough of Havering was identified. A site was selected which allowed for the conversion of three existing industrial units, as well as meeting operational requirements. The design brief focused on sustainability principles including reuse of the existing structures, lower energy and water consumption and the production of renewable energy.

Greening internal finishings in Malta

Categories: Economic, Glass, Legal, Wood

Organisation: University of Malta (Malta)

Main partners:

Regional Activity Center on Cleaner Production (RAC/CP)

Inèdit Innovació Consultancy Company

Localisation: Campus of the University of Malta (Msida, Valetta and Gozo)

Summary

The University of Malta has numerous on campus facilities catering for 11,000 students. The University’s Estate and Works Department is responsible for carrying out the internal finishing works for the new extension to the building which houses the lecture halls of the Faculty of Economics, Management and Accountancy (FEMA). The Department, in collaboration with the University’s Procurement Directorate, sought to deliver the works using environmentally-friendly construction materials and products.

Building maintenance services in San Sebastian

Categories: Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Economic, Energy, Glass, Legal, Metal, Plastic, Wood

Organisation: Gipuzkoa provincial council (Basque Country, Spain)

Localisation: San Sebastian (Spain)

Summary

The Gipuzkoa Council wished to award a maintenance contract for two buildings in Donostia-San Sebastian, one residential and one administrative. The object of the contract was defined to include the environmental sustainability of the services being provided (exterior and internal maintenance of all building systems and facilities).

Tools for ecodesign in Flanders

Categories: Biodiversity, Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Eco Design, EEE, Energy, Glass, Land use, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Resources, Technical and Research, Water, Wood

Organisation: OVAM (Public Waste Agency of Flanders)

Main partners:

Localisation: Mechelen (Belgium)

Summary

OVAM created an ecodesign service within its facitlity. It developed 3 main tools: Ecolizer (estimation of the environmental impact of a product design), OVAM SIS Toolkit (Sustainable Innovation System – integration of sustainability principles into innovation and design processes), EHE-kit (Implementation of eco-design in higher education). In addition OVAM developed 3 specific activities to boost ecodesign in Flanders: Awards for designers, research and collection of good examples, launch of the European Network of Ecodesign Centres (ENEC).

Sustainable school meals in Scotland

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Eco Production, Economic, Energy, Legal, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: East Ayrshire Council

Localisation: East Ayrshire (Scotland)

Summary

East Ayrshire was one of the first councils in the UK to change its procurement practices to reflect the Soil Association’s guidelines on sustainable food. In a new contract advertised in 2008, the council wished to offer more sustainable school meals, including reductions in packaging waste.

Sustainable catering services in Turin

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Economic, Legal, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: City of Turin (Italy)

Localisation: Turin (Italy)

Summary

School catering represents a significant part of the procurement budget for the City of Turin. Packaging waste reduction and fractions separate collection are amongst the new measures introduced for more sustainable catering services.

Recycled asphalt for road resurfacing in Hamburg

Categories: Construction Material, Economic, Legal, Recycling

Organisation: City of Hamburg (Germany)

Localisation: Hamburg (Germany)

Summary

In Hamburg, green public procurement principles are included in the City's overarching procurement policy. Additional environmental contract requirements are imposed by the City specifically for road construction tenders.

Hamburg has taken a significant step forward to encourage an increase of recycling rates in construction materials by establishing an online exchange for soil, debris and construction materials.

Walloon Region circular economy strategy

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

Organisation: 1) Société Régionale d'Investissement de Wallonie (public agency to finance businesses) 2) Agence pour l’Entreprise et l’Innovation (public agency for entrepreneurship and innovation) 3) Office Wallon des déchets (public agency for waste management)

Main partners:

  • Business Clusters (including Mécatech, Greenwin) coordinated by BE.Fin for the circular economy project.
  • The network of advisers for enterprises, brought together within Walloon structures known as “operators”.
  • RESSOURCES: a network of non-profit making companies involved in recovery and recycling in Wallonia and in Brussels. The sixty active members receive, collect, sort, repair, recycle and resell products to which they give again life (textile, cumbersome, electrical equipment and electronic, wood, bicycles, waste of construction, green wastes, services industrial or cartridges of printers).

Localisation: Wallonia (BE)

Summary

The Marshall Plan 4.0 (2015-2019) which follows the Marshall Plan 2.Green (2009-2014) is the economic redeployment program for Wallonia. It intend to refocus the priorities of this economic restructuring program around the digital economy and circular economy. The Marshall Plan 4.0 develops a transverse axis dedicated to the circular economy as part of the Competitiveness Cluster Policy, with a specific focus on SMEs, and in collaboration with relevant actors. This focuses on the joint use of material flows and energy.
Circular economy is also integrated throughout different plans and current policies, among which:
– Regional policy statement 2014–2019
– Walloon Smart Specialization Strategy
– 2nd Walloon Sustainable Development strategy (draft)

Reuse and preparing for reuse of construction material by Rotor

Categories: Construction Material, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Bruxelles Environnement (Brussels Environment administration)

Main partners:

Localisation: Brussels (Belgium)

Summary

On a practical level, Rotor, a collective of architects and engineers, handles the conception and realization of design and architectural projects. On a theoretical level, Rotor develops strategic advices on design, material resources, and waste through research, and reports, organising exhibitions and conferences. Since 2014, the spin-off Rotor Deconstruction has been launched, a company that organizes the dismantling and selling of reusable construction components coming from the insides of large-scale, modern buildings.

Collaborative economy in Barcelona

Categories: Biodiversity, Collaborative Economy, Communication and Education, Construction Material, Economic, EEE, Energy, Glass, Land use, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Water, Wood

Organisation: Barcelona City Council

Main partners:

  • TERSA, Barcelona City Council & Barcelona Metropolitan Area
  • One of the main private partners: AVANCAR

Localisation: Barcelone (Spain)

Summary

Barcelona is becoming a strong hub for collaborative consumption/economy in various domain such as mobility, tourism, clothes, stuff, skills, finances, etc.

Plastic Metal and Drink packaging PMD collection in Flanders

Categories: Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Flemish government

Main partners:

  • OVAM – Flemish Waste Management Agency
  • Interregional Packaging Commission (IVCIE)
  • Fost Plus (EPR organisation for packaging in Belgium) and its members

Localisation: Flanders (BE)

Summary

PMD stands for Plastic bottles and flasks, Metal packaging and Drink cartons. These waste streams are collected together in a transparent blue bag. The bags are collected door to door on a two weekly basis, as well as on the civic amenity sites. Afterwards the bags are sorted out in a number of different waste streams and sent to recycling facilities.

Pay as you throw in Flanders

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Economic, EEE, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Wood

Organisation: Flemish government

Main partners:

  • OVAM – Flemish Waste Management Agency

Localisation: Flanders (BE)

Summary

Citizens are charged for the collection and treatment of the MSW, based on the amount they trow away. This principle is in Flanders combined with Differentiated Tariffs (DifTar) to make residual and bulky waste more expensive than selective collected waste streams.

Incineration and landfil policy in Flanders

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Economic, EEE, Glass, Legal, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Wood

Organisation: Flemish government

Main partners:

  • OVAM – Flemish Waste Management Agency

Localisation: Flanders (BE)

Summary

The Flemish Government implements incineration and landfill restrictions. As a result, landfilling of bio-waste, unsorted waste, separated waste suitable for recycling and combustible waste are banned. Incineration of separated waste streams and unsorted waste are also banned.

Wiener Tafel project on food distribution service

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Wiener Tafel

Localisation: Vienna (Austria)

Summary

The Wiener Tafel is a food distribution service which was founded in 1999 in Vienna, Austria, following the German example of such as service, Die Tafeln.

The Highland real nappy programme

Categories: Communication and Education, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Highland Real Nappy Project (HNRP)

Localisation: Highland Council area (UK)

Summary

The Highland Real Nappy Project (HNRP) started in November 2001 and has built up a network of dedicated and experienced volunteers who promote the benefits of real nappy use across the Highland Council area.

Textiles waste prevention in North Wales

Categories: Other bulky items, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Cylch (Wales Community Recycling Network)

Localisation: North Wales (UK)

Summary

Cylch (Wales Community Recycling Network) is operating a pilot scheme in North Wales with the objective to reduce the amount of textiles going to landfill, and to ensure that communities benefit from textiles reuse and recycling.

Terra à Terra project on home composting

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Greater Porto (Portugal)

Summary

In 2007, LIPOR (Porto inter-municipality) set up “Terra à Terra – Home Composting Project” that aims to promote organic waste reduction at households, schools, institutions and companies of Lipor’s Municipalities.

Sofa project on second hand furniture

Categories: EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Wood

Organisation: SOFA Project

Localisation: Bristol (UK)

Summary

“SOFA Project” was founded in Bristol in 1982 as the 'Shifting Old Furniture Around' project and has flourished ever since. “SOFA Project” is a social enterprise that supplies second hand furniture, household goods and domestic electrical appliances to people in conditions of need.

Small scale in vessel composting

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Sweden

Localisation: Sweden

Summary

Since 2005 it is prohibited in Sweden to deposit bio waste at landfills. The separate collection and treatment target is 35% of the municipal bio waste by 2010, including home composting.

Self service detergent in large retail

Categories: Communication and Education, Plastic, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Piemonte region

Localisation: Piemonte region (Italy)

Summary

In July 2005, the Piemonte region launched the Self Service Detergents Project in order to reduce detergents packaging waste production.

Reusable nappies subsidy scheme in Leuven

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Other Fractions, Technical and Research

Organisation: Inter-municipality EcoWerf

Localisation: EcoWerf, Flanders region (Belgium)

Summary

For years now the inter-municipality EcoWerf promotes, with the support from the province of Flemish Brabant, the reusable diaper. Already 16 municipalities, part of EcoWerf, currently financially support the purchase of diapers.

Reusable nappies in day nurseries

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès

Localisation: Sant Cugat del Vallès, Catalonia (Spain)

Summary

In the municipality of Sant Cugat del Vallès around 2% of the municipal waste comes from nappies. In order to reduce waste from nappies Sant Cugat municipality initiated in 2007, with the support of the Agencia de Residuos de Cataluña, a pilot project on reusable nappies in 2 nurseries.

Community RePaint scheme

Categories: Construction Material, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Resource Futures

Localisation: United Kingdom

Summary

In 1992 SWAP (now Resource Futures) conducted research into household hazardous waste through the Waste Wagon project. As a result of this research the first local Community RePaint scheme was established and subsequently a national network of local schemes emerged.

RUSZ Repair and service center Vienna

Categories: EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: R.U.S.Z. - Reparatur und Service Zentrum

Localisation: Vienna (Austria)

Summary

Since 1998, Vienna supports financially the repair center R.U.S.Z. – Reparatur und Service Zentrum. At the R.U.S.Z. WEEE products diverted from shredder treatment are collected and repaired. Electronic waste that can be repaired is reused and sold as second hand equipment.

Public Water Fountain with sparkling water

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Plastic, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Water

Organisation: Municipality of Castelfidardo (Italy)

Localisation: Castelfidardo (Italy)

Summary

Since January 2010 the municipality of Castelfidardo (Italy) has installed a public water fountain with a carbon filter system in order to dispense mineral and sparkling water to its inhabitants.

Paper use reduction in the office by Amiat

Categories: Communication and Education, Paper, Waste Prevention

Organisation: AMIAT

Localisation: Turin (Italy)

Summary

The public company AMIAT, managed by the city of Turin, started in 2008 a campaign to encourage paper use reduction in their offices. The campaign was addressed to all 350 employees of AMIAT.

Packaging waste reduction campaign in Vicenza

Categories: Communication and Education, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Municipalities of Suzzara, Mogliano Veneto and Valdagno (Italy)

Localisation: Suzzara, Mogliano and Valdagno (Italy)

Summary

The municipalities of Suzzara, Mogliano Veneto and Valdagno in Italy have developed a packaging waste reduction campaign with the help of a communication company « Achab group ». The retailers had to adopt at least 3 waste reduction practices.

On-site composting in Royal Parks of London

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Recycling, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: The Royal Parks

Localisation: London (UK)

Summary

Since 2002 as part of ISO 14001 registration ‘The Royal Parks’ (Central London) has formally carried out the composting of green waste in the Central Royal Parks (Hyde, St James’s and The Green Parks and Kensington Gardens). The project aimed to demonstrate the sustainable use of green waste arising and to recycle a target of 100% of uncontaminated green waste by the end of 2005, including expired perennial and bedding planting.

Office dematerialisation in Brussels Region

Categories: Energy, Paper, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM)

Localisation: Brussels Capital Region (Belgium)

Summary

At the end of 2003, the Brussels Administration for Environment (IBGE-BIM) initiated a “Program of office dematerialisation actions” aiming to reduce office paper and energy consumption.

Underground containers for selective collection in Ile-de-France

Categories: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Syndicat Emeraude – Montmorency Valley Syndicate for the treatment of household waste

Main partners:

  • Eco-Emballages – French producer’s responsability organisation for packaging
  • Municipalities

Localisation: Montmorency Valley (FR)

Summary

To overcome difficulties linked with high density and vertical housing, the first underground containers in this area were implemented in 2006 as a pilot project. Following the success of the pilot action, there was an increasing demand on the territory.

Mobile civic amenity sites in Ile-de-France

Categories: EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: SYELOM – Hauts-de-Seine Syndicate for the treatment of household waste

Main partners:

  • SITA
  • Municipalities and local authorities

Localisation: Haut-de-Seine (FR)

Summary

This initiative focuses on the implementation of a network of mobile civic amenity sites for the municipalities wishing to offer this service to their population.

Improving bulky waste sorting centres performances in Ile-de-France

Categories: EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: SYCTOM - Paris metropolitan area's syndicate for the treatment of household waste

Main partners:

  • Private companies operating the bulky waste sorting centres
  • Municipalities members of the SYCTOM

Localisation: Paris metropolitan area (FR)

Summary

This initiative presents the different steps that were taken by the SYCTOM to increase the recovery rate of bulky waste over the past 10 years. It will especially focus on the modifications brought to the sorting processes, with the use of pre-sorting centres to remove part of the contamination.

Hazardous waste collection in Odense

Categories: Other Fractions, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Odense Waste Management Company

Main partners:

  • Odense municipality

Localisation: Odense (DK)

Summary

The objective of the collection of hazardous household waste is to offer easy ways for the citizens to get rid of their hazardous waste by the collection system which suits them best.

Paper waste collection in Odense

Categories: Paper, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Odense Waste Management Company

Main partners:

  • Odense municipality

Localisation: Odense (DK)

Summary

Paper waste door-to-door collection has been implemented since 2003 in order to offer an easy way for the citizens to get rid of their paper waste, replacing the traditional collection via bring banks and civic amenity sites.

Door-to-door selective collection in Lisbon

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Municipality of Lisbon

Localisation: Lisbon (PT)

Summary

In 2003, the door-to-door selective collection of waste fractions was implemented in households, in substitution of the existing multimaterial bring bank system.

Collection on demand of bulky waste in Lisbon

Categories: Construction Material, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Recycling, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: Municipality of Lisbon

Localisation: Lisbon (PT)

Summary

Bulky waste collection in Lisbon is made on citizens’ request, through a call service (by e-mail, website or in person), after an appointment with the municipal services.

Household pay-by-weight charging system in Ireland

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Economic, EEE, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling

Organisation: Irish Department of Environment, Community & Local Government

Main partners:

  • Three Waste Regions within Ireland
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Local authorities
  • Private waste collectors

Localisation: Ireland (IE)

Summary

A significant number of household collectors, both within this Region and nationally, have implemented a pay-per-weight charging system in order to comply with the pay-by-weight charging system required in their waste collection permit since 2005.

Separate collection of mixed dry recyclables in Ireland

Categories: Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Irish Department of Environment, Community & Local Government

Main partners:

  • Three Waste Regions within Ireland
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Local authorities
  • Repak
  • Private waste collectors

Localisation: Ireland (IE)

Summary

The collection of a number of recyclable waste sources in one recycling bin i.e. cardboard, paper, plastic and cans has been undertaken in Ireland since 2001.

Separate collection of batteries in Greece

Categories: Communication and Education, Economic, Other Fractions, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: AFIS

Localisation: Greece (EL)

Summary

Starting from 2005, separate collection of batteries started in Greece under teh responsibility of AFIS, a non-profit organization with the aim to collect and recycle portable batteries and accumulators in order to fulfill the national obligation to do so.

Gypsum to gypsum project

Categories: Collaborative Economy, Communication and Education, Construction Material, Eco Production, Economic, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Legal, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: EUROGYPSUM, The European Association of plaster and plasterboard manufacturers

Main partners:

Universities

  • National Technical University of Athens – Greece
  • Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Spain

Laboratory

  • Fundación Gómez Pardo –LOEMCO – Spain Consulting agency
  • Recovering SARL – France

Demolition companies

  • Occamat – France
  • Cantillon Ltd – UK
  • Recycling assistance BVBA – Belgium
  • Pinault & Gapaix – France
  • KS Engineering – Germany

Recycling companies

  • New West Gypsum Recycling Benelux BVBA – Belgium
  • Gips Recycling Denmark A/S – Denmark

Gypsum manufacturing companies

  • Placoplâtre SA (Saint Gobain group) – France
  • Siniat SA – France
  • Siniat Ltd – UK
  • Knauf Gips KG – Germany
  • NV Saint Gobain Construction Products Belgium SA (Gyproc) – Belgium

Localisation: Pilot projects: 1) Belgium: Brussels and Antwerp; 2) France: Paris and Vaujours; 3) France: Levallois Perret and Auneuil; 4) Germany: Graben and Iphofen; the Netherlands: Werkendam; 5) UK: London, Avonmouth and Bristol

Summary

The GtoG project focused on eight EU target countries (Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Poland, Spain, the Netherlands and the UK); estimating that around 1,150,000 tons of plasterboard waste was generated in 2012. In most of these European countries, a low recycling rate of gypsum waste was observed. The aim of the GtoG project was to produce plasterboard with up to 30% content of recycled gypsum coming from both production and C&D waste.

Separately collected batteries in Sofia

Categories: Communication and Education, Economic, Other Fractions, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Municipality of Sofia

Main partners:

  • Ecobattery, batteries recovery organisation
  • UBARecycling, batteries recovery organisation

Localisation: Sofia (BG)

Summary

In 2010 Sofia Municipality launched a system for separate collection of waste batteries and accumulators in the municipality, with the assistance of recovery organisations "Ecobattery" and "UBARecycling".

Separately collected WEEE in Sofia

Categories: Communication and Education, Economic, EEE, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Municipality of Sofia

Main partners:

  • Eltechresource, WEEE recovery organisation
  • Ecobultech, WEEE recovery organisation

Localisation: Sofia (BG)

Summary

In 2009, Sofia Municipality has started a system for WEEE separate collection of, with the assistance of the recovery organisation "Eltechresource". In April 2011, a contract with another recovery organisation "Ecobultech" has been signed for service on 2 of the 24 regions of Sofia Municipality. Both organisations are obliged to establish systems for separate collection on request in the regions of Sofia Municipality where they operate.

Waste awareness campaigns for children in Tallinn

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, EEE, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Municipality of Tallinn

Main partners:

  • Kindergartens and schools in the City of Tallinn and Harju County
  • MTÜ Eesti Taaskasutusorganisatsioon (EPRO)
  • Estonian PackCycling (EPC)/Eesti Pakendiringlus
  • Kesto OÜ
  • Estonian foundation Environmental Investment Centre

Localisation: Estonia (EE)

Summary

Waste Wolf (in Estonian Prügihunt) is the City of Tallinn’s waste awareness campaign, which was organized since 2003. The waste awareness mascot also bears the same name. The goal of the campaign is to make the behaviour of the residents of Tallinn more environmentally friendly. Public events, competitions, information seminars and public surveys are carried out within the framework of the waste awareness campaign, and excursions to landfills and waste stations are organized.

Brussels Regional Programme for a Circular Economy

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

Organisation: 1) Brussels Environment; 2) Impulse

Main partners:

  • Government of the Brussels Capital-Region
  • Citydev.Brussels
  • Finance.Brussels
  • Innoviris
  • Bruxelles Propreté
  • Bruxelles Economie Emploi
  • Actiris
  • Bruxelles-Formation – VDAB Brussel

Localisation: Brussels-Capital Region (BE)

Summary

The objective of the Regional Programme for a Circular Economy (Programme Régional d’Economie circulaire – PREC) is to encourage the transformation of the linear economy into a circular economy, developing a strategic and operational vision of the environment as a resource creating local employment. This can be achieved in particular by relocating economic activity through short circuits in order to obtain a chain of value as complete as possible for the Brussels Capital-Region.

LOWaste project in Ferrara

Categories: Collaborative Economy, Communication and Education, Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Eco Design, Eco Production, Economic, Glass, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Legal, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Plastic, Product Service Systems, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: Ferrara Municipality

Main partners:

  • La Città Verde, social cooperative
  • Impronta Etica, network of Italian companies engaged in the promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility
  • RREUSE, European network of social enterprises active in reuse, repair and recycling
  • Gruppo Hera, local utility

Localisation: Ferrara (IT)

Summary

Through the project LOWaste (Local waste market for second life products), Ferrara is experiencing a pattern of circular economy based on waste prevention, products reuse and material recycling supported by a public-private partnership framework. Starting from some pilot studies and tests, the project laid down the foundation for – and has seen the emergence of – a genuine local circular economy district with a focus on waste management in a circular economy.

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region strategy for circular economy

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

Organisation: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region (Economical and Environmental Directorate)

Main partners:

  • ADEME – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
  • Orée
  • CIRIDD
  • ARDI

Localisation: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes (FR)

Summary

The former Rhône-Alpes Region (now integrated in the larger Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region) dedicated several of its policies – economic development, company's environmental management, waste management, Eco-innovation, research and training – toward a Circular Economy. Within an ‘Integrated Circular Economy Regional Project’, the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region coordinates four different projects to make it possible: Industrial and Territorial Ecology, INNOV’R, Sindra, and Eco-designed Collective Buildings. Those four fields of intervention are very focused on businesses and industries, apart from the policy about hazardous waste which also includes a part involving the civil community. Those policies also aim at respecting the Regional Hazardous Waste Elimination Plan. Since the French territorial reform in 2015 leading to the creation of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Region, a network on circular economy has also been established.

Nord-Pas de Calais – Third Industrial Revolution Master Plan

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

Organisation: 1) - Nord-Pas de Calais Region; 2) Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Nord de France Region

Main partners:

  • World Forum Lille – Responsible Economy
  • Nord (“department” – lower administrative regional authority)
  • Pas de Calais (“department” – lower administrative regional authority)
  • Arras (“urban community”)
  • Dunkerque – Grand Littoral (“urban community”)
  • Lille (metropolitan area)
  • European Regional Development Fund in Nord-Pas de Calais

Localisation: Nord-Pas de Calais (FR)

Summary

The Master Plan is a strategic document conducted by Jeremy Rifkin and his team to lead the Nord-Pas de Calais Region towards the Third Industrial Revolution. Taking into account the regional specificities, it contains advices about the appropriate policies to apply.

Flanders’ Materials Programme

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

Organisation: 1) Government of Flanders; 2) Flemish Public Waste Agency (OVAM – coordinator of the Flanders’ Materials Programme)

Main partners:

  • Plan C (Flemish transition network for sustainable materials management)
  • SuMMa (Policy Research Centre on Sustainable Materials Management)
  • EWI (Department of Economy, Science and Innovation of the Flemish government)
  • AIO (Innovation & Enterprise Flanders)
  • KB (Public Governance Flanders)
  • FEBEM (Federation of Environmental Companies)
  • Vlaamse Confederatie Bouw (Flemish Construction Federation)
  • essenscia (Belgian Federation for Chemistry and Life Sciences industries)
  • Agoria (sectoral federation for the  technology industry)
  • VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research)
  • KU Leuven (Catholic University of Leuven)
  • Bond Beter Leefmilieu (Federation of Flemish environmental associations)

Localisation: Flanders (BE)

Summary

The Flanders’ Materials Programme brings together the Flemish government, industry, university & research centres, and civil society in order to achieve Flanders’ transition to a circular economy and sustainable materials management.

No junk mail project in North London

Categories: Communication and Education, Paper, Waste Prevention

Organisation: North London Waste Agency (NLWA)

Localisation: North London (UK)

Summary

The North London Waste Prevention Plan 2010-12 proposes an action to run a ‘No Junk Mail’ programme, which message was promoted between August and September 2010.

No-advertisement sticker with legal backing

Categories: Legal, Paper, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Brussels Environment (IBGE-BIM)

Localisation: Brussels Capital Region (Belgium)

Summary

Since 1999, a sticker is available for the mailbox of Brussels residents by which they can choose not to receive unaddressed advertisements and/or free newspapers. The sticker received legal backing through a regional decree, which entitles individuals to file a complaint if they receive unwanted advertising and/or newspapers in their mailbox despite having placed the sticker.

Menu Dose Certa to reduce food waste

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Greater Porto (Portugal)

Summary

The Menu Dose Certa project (right serving menu), implemented by Porto’s waste management organisation LIPOR, aims to reduce food waste in restaurants and to change attitudes and behaviours by raising awareness on the problem of food waste. The goal is to support restaurants in creating menus that generate notably less food waste.

Maryland ban on disposal of yard trimmings

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Legal, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Montgomery County (USA)

Localisation: Montgomery County, Maryland (USA)

Summary

The Montgomery County DEP launched its yard trimmings source reduction program over a 2-year period (1994 to 1995), during which it targeted 180,000 single family homes, 250 landscape and lawn service companies, 30,000 multifamily and commercial property managers, conservation groups, homeowner associations, garden clubs, nature centres, public gardens, and nurseries.

Marks and Spencer Plan A on Packaging reduction

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Glass, Legal, Paper, Plastic, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Marks & Spencer

Localisation: United Kingdom

Summary

Retailer Marks & Spencer launched ‘Plan A’ in January 2007, setting out 100 commitments to achieve in 5 years. Through Plan A, M&S is working with its customers and suppliers to combat climate change, reduce waste, use sustainable raw materials, trade ethically, and help its customers to lead healthier lifestyles

Love Food, Hate Waste campaign

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Waste Prevention

Organisation: North-London Waste Authority (NLWA)

Main partners:

Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP)

Localisation: North London (UK)

Summary

To tackle increasing food waste arising in north London, the North London Waste Authority (NLWA) decided to run a Love Food Hate Waste Campaign (national campaign) which was funded by the Waste and Resources Action Program (WRAP). The activities were implemented from June 2009 to March 2010.

Kringloopcentra and Bulky waste reuse

Categories: EEE, Glass, Legal, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Wood

Organisation: Kringloopcentra

Localisation: Flanders region (Belgium)

Summary

The system of Reuse Centres originated in the Netherlands and was imported to Flanders in the early 1990s. Reuse is the second priority in the Flemish waste policy, following prevention.

Irish levy on plastic bags

Categories: Economic, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Irish Government

Localisation: Ireland

Summary

The Irish plastic bag levy was introduced in March 2002 under the Waste Management Regulations 2001 (15 cent per bag, increased to 22 cent in 2007). The Irish Government’s intention was to set a rate of tax which would act to change consumer behaviour, i.e. discourage the use of single-use plastic bags

Home composting scheme in Flanders

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Legal, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Vlaco

Localisation: Flanders region (Belgium)

Summary

Flanders has since 1992 gradually, through renewed Household Waste Management Plans (HWMP), implemented a comprehensive HC programme. In this plans HC is considered as waste prevention and the first priority in the Flemish waste policy.

Home Composting promotion in Kent County

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Legal, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Kent council

Localisation: Kent County (UK)

Summary

Since 1996, the Kent Council has settled a home composting programme, and by adopting the first Kent Household Waste Strategy in 2003, each Kent Council municipality established realistic targets regarding home composting.

Industrial symbiosis in Kalundborg

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Construction Material, Energy, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Other Fractions, Technical and Research, Water

Organisation: Kalundborg Municipality

Main partners:

  • Novo Nordisk (producer of insulin), Novozymes (producer of enzymes), French-owned Gyproc produces gypsum board, Dong Energy own the Asnæs Plant, the biggest power plant in Denmark, Statoil owns Denmark’s biggest oil refinery, Kara/Novoren is a waste treatment company.
  • Kalundborg utility company, Kalundborg Forsyning A/S supplies companies and the citizens of Kalundborg city with water and district heating, as well as disposing of waste water from the entire municipality. Kalundborg Forsyning A/S also supplies some companies with surface water taken from the lake Tissø, which is connected to Kalundborg through a 12 km long pipeline.

Localisation: Kalundborg (Denmark)

Summary

The Kalundborg Symbiosis is an industrial ecosystem in Denmark, where eight industrial companies are working together making by-products commercially interesting as new resources in other production processes after the cradle to cradle model. An industrial symbiosis is a local collaboration where public and private enterprises buy and sell residual products, resulting in mutual economic and environmental benefits.

Home composting organised by a waste syndicate

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: SEAPFA (Syndicat d’Equipement et d’Aménagement des Pays de France et de l’Aulnoye)

Localisation: Seine-Saint-Denis (France)

Summary

The SEAPFA (Syndicat d’Equipement et d’Aménagement des Pays de France et de l’Aulnoye), in the Seine- Saint-Denis department (France), initiated the installation of individual composting units in 1999.

Home composting after a landfill disposal ban on yard trimmings and grass clippings

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Legal, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: MADEP (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection)

Localisation: Massachusetts, USA

Summary

Since 1994, the MADEP (Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection) makes home composting bins available to cities and towns through its recycling equipment grant program

G’scheit feiern – Reusable Crockery at Events

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Energy, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Styrian Region

Localisation: Styria, Austria

Summary

In 2001, the Austrian region Styria introduced the brand “G´SCHEIT FEIERN” (clever feasting) as a “new Styrian festival culture” based on sustainability. This included the generation of less waste, the consumption of regional products of superior quality and alternative solutions for arrival and departure with cars during festivities.

Liguria Circular

Categories: Collaborative Economy, Construction Material, Eco Consumption, Eco Design, Eco Production, Governance, Strategy and Planning, Industrial and Territorial Ecology, Product Service Systems, Recycling, Resources, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: 1) Genova Municipality; 2) AMIU (Azienda Multiservizi e d'Igiene Urbana)

Main partners:

  • Genova Smart city
  • Regional innovation center for Energy and Environment
    (TICASS – Tecnologie Innovative per il Controllo Ambientale e lo Sviluppo Sostenibile)
  • Interuniversity Centre for the Development of Sustainabe Product
    (CE.SI.S.P – Centro per lo Sviluppo della Sostenibilità dei Prodotti)
  • Confindustria Genova, association representing manufacturing and service companies

Localisation: Liguria (IT)

Summary

The Municipality of Genoa and AMIU – the Municipal Urban Health Enterprise have created Liguria Circular, the permanent forum of circular economy in Liguria aiming to promote and manage circular economy initiatives in the Liguria territory. It is composed by private companies, individual professionals, government agencies, associations, university departments and research centres.

Textile collection campaign Solid-R

Categories: Communication and Education, Other bulky items, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Ressources network

Localisation: Brussels and Walloon regions (Belgium)

Summary

Since 1999, the ‘Ressources’ network has gathered social economy enterprises active in Brussels and the Walloon regions. These social economy enterprises are collecting various types of products, amongst which textiles and EEE, to put them back on the market through second hand shops.

Furniture Reuse Network

Categories: EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: Furniture Reuse Network

Localisation: United Kingdom

Summary

The Furniture Reuse Network is the national body which supports, assists and develops charitable re-use organisations across the UK. FRN does this to reduce poverty by helping households in need access furniture, white goods and other household items at affordable prices. In addition, FRN supports re-use organisations in providing training and work placement opportunities for people who are socially excluded.

Food redistribution: Fareshare

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: FareShare

Localisation: United Kingdom

Summary

With the objective to prevent food waste, FareShare has been operating since 2004 as an independent charity and today has 14 locations around the UK. Established in 1994 as a project within the homelessness charity Crisis, FareShare aims to help vulnerable groups, whether they are homeless, elderly, children, or other groups in food poverty within our communities.

Food donation Good Samaritan Program

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Azienda Multiservizi Igiene Ambientale Torino (AMIAT)

Localisation: Turin (Italy)

Summary

In order to prevent food waste, the Azienda Multiservizi Igiene Ambientale Torino (AMIAT) collects edibles food (cheese, meat, etc.) from the supermarket Auchan and edible bread and fruit from 120 Turin school canteens (representing 31000 meals/day). All the food collected is delivered to 7 city aid agency canteens for the preparation of the meals.

Farm composting in Freistadt

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Recycling, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Freistadt municipality

Localisation: Freistadt (Austria)

Summary

Since 1992, in Austria the bio-waste from households is partly collected and partly composted at home. It is estimated that 800.000 tons of bio-waste is composted at household level.

EPA as a tool for advertising paper waste prevention

Categories: Economic, Legal, Paper, Waste Prevention

Organisation: OVAM

Localisation: Flanders region (Belgium)

Summary

The Flanders decree of 2 July 1981 concerning the prevention and management of waste products stipulates that ‘Environmental Policy Agreements (EPA)’ can be concluded for reaching certain objectives. The same decree designated the product groups for which an acceptance duty is set with the aim to collect and recycle. The ‘Flanders regulation with regard to waste prevention and management (VLAREA)’ of 1998 provides the ‘execution resolutions’ for the decree of 1981 concerning the prevention and management of waste products.

Encourage use of reusable shopping bags

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: North London Waste Authority

Localisation: North London, UK

Summary

In 2011 North London Waste Agency worked with retailers across north London to promote the Smart Shopping message. The aim of the project was to encourage the use of reusable shopping bags by offering shoppers a free reusable cotton bag instead of a plastic carrier bag.

Emmaus Community Reuse Network

Categories: Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Emmaus Community of Ile-de-France

Localisation: Ile de France

Summary

The Emmaus Community of Ile-de-France entrust ‘Emmaus Défi’ for the collection of objects (WEEE, furniture, textile, etc.) that they cannot provide in order to prevent waste via a reuse scheme and second hand programme.

Education project on paper waste in secondary schools

Categories: Communication and Education, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Portugal

Summary

The “Resíduos OK Project” was an environmental education project implemented by LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto, addressed to Secondary Schools and aiming to promote the implementation of actions catalyst of good environmental practices, especially in terms of paper waste prevention.

Education project on paper waste in primary schools

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Portugal

Summary

The “Re-Agir Project” was an environmental education project implemented by LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto, addressed to primary schools, which aimed to develop initiatives to promote community participation in educational actions environmental awareness and involve families in this context

Education project on organic waste in schools

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Portugal

Summary

“Alquimia da Matéria Orgânica Project” is an environmental education project implemented by LIPOR – Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto, which aimed to promote the reduction of organic waste through composting, being a vehicle to facilitate citizenship and quality of life either in the school community or the community at large.

Ecomoebel Network

Categories: Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: North Rhine-Westphalia

Main partners:

Additional partners scattered all over Germany

Localisation: Germany

Summary

The Ecomoebel Gmbh is a German cooperation-network aiming at furniture reuse in North Rhine-Westphalia, via the reconditioning and marketing of used furniture.

Dematerialisation through ICT in Manresa

Categories: Eco Consumption, Paper, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Manresa City Council

Localisation: Manresa, Catalonia, Spain

Summary

In 2007, the Territorial Area of Manresa City Council (Catalonia) commanded a research study “Ent, Environment and Management” to analyze the sources of paper waste and to evaluate the effectiveness of paper waste reduction via dematerialisation.

Community composting in Zurich

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: City of Zurich

Localisation: Zurich, Switzerland

Summary

The city of Zürich started in the 1992 with a comprehensive Community Composting (CC) program. Currently (2008) more than 900 active community composting parks are up and running in the city of Zürich.

Community composting in Rennes Métropole

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Communication and Education, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Rennes Métropole

Localisation: Rennes, France

Summary

The first community composing bin in Rennes Métropole was installed in 2006, in the garden of a block of 48 flats. Afterwards, the demand grew, and now 190 community composting bins serve more than 2000 households.

Community and on-site composting at Chambery Metropolitan Area

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Chambery Metropolitan Area

Localisation: Chambéry, France

Summary

Households, schools and other establishments producing bio-waste can be targeted and involved in comprehensive bio-waste prevention, re-use and recycling activities. The recovery of bio-waste has become one of main objectives by some municipalities in France, such as Chambery Metropolitan Area.

Ban on one way packaging at retailer’ counters

Categories: Legal, Paper, Plastic, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: FCD (Fédération des Entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution = Federation of Entreprises of Trade and Distribution)

Localisation: France

Summary

The Federation of enterprises of trade and distribution (FCD) aims at a ban on all one-way packaging at the counters by 2011.

Ban of disposable packaging at large-scale events in Germany

Categories: Legal, Paper, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Institute for ecology Gießen/Marburg and Municipality of Korbach

Localisation: Korbach, State of Hesse, Germany

Summary

The Hessentag (Hessian Day) is an annual event, both fair and festival, organized by the German state of Hesse. In 1997, one of the measures implemented was the ban on disposable packaging for the whole event.

Ban of disposable food and drink containers at events in Munich

Categories: Legal, Paper, Plastic, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Local government of Munich

Localisation: Munich, Germany

Summary

In Germany, Austria, and Switzerland different regulations have been put into place to ban the use of disposable food and drink containers at large scale events and to establish a framework for the use of reusable crockery. Several German cities took action against disposable food and drink container at events in the early 1990s, and Munich was among these forerunners.

AERESS Spanish Reuse Association

Categories: EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: Association Espanola de Recuperadores de Economia Social y Solidaria (AERESS)

Localisation: Basque Country, Spain

Summary

The Spanish Reuse Association AERESS is specialized in waste management and more specifically the collection of paper /cardboard, textiles, furniture and WEEE as well as bio waste.

Exchange of mercury thermometers by digital thermometers

Categories: Communication and Education, Other Fractions, Waste Prevention

Organisation: LIPOR - Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto

Localisation: Portugal

Summary

The objectives of this action were to conduct a campaign to exchange mercury thermometers by digital thermometers, sensitize the population for the danger of mercury, allow for a proper referral of such waste, and prevent it from occurring in the urban waste, and thus their transport to landfills or incineration.

Accompanied paper waste prevention projects in schools

Categories: Communication and Education, Paper, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Brussels Capital Region

Localisation: Belgium

Summary

The goal of the project is to change the behaviour of pupils and the school as a whole to produce less waste, more specifically: consume less paper and thus reduce paper waste generation.

Environmental education at school in Lisbon

Categories: Communication and Education, Eco Consumption, Recycling, Resources, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Waste Prevention

Organisation: Municipality of Lisbon

Main partners:

  • Lisbon kindergartens and schools
  • Valorsul
  • SIMTEJO

Localisation: Lisbon (PT)

Summary

The Municipality of Lisbon promotes two continual environmental education programs, specially designed to different age target groups, called “Lisboa Limpa Tem outra Pinta! (LLTOP)” (Cleaned Lisbon is Cool!) and “Escola a Escola Pró-Ambiente (EEPA)” (School to School Pro-Environment).

WEEE Recycling in Ilfov

Categories: Communication and Education, Economic, EEE, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: ROREC and ECOTIC

Main partners:

n/a

Localisation: Ilfov (RO)

Summary

2 associations were created in 2007, ROREC and ECOTIC, which took over the responsibility from the producer / importer in managing WEEE. They develop annual campaigns in order to increase the rate of WEEE collection and recycling.

Door to door information campaign in Elefsina

Categories: Communication and Education, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse

Organisation: Ecological Recycling Society

Main partners:

  • Municipality of Elefsina

Localisation: Elefsina (EL)

Summary

Ecological Recycling Society (ERS) implemented a door-to-door information campaign in Elefsina municipality in order to increase recycling rates. The campaign was implemented by visiting the households individually to provide all the available information regarding the recycling facilities of the municipality.

System of deposit packaging in Estonia

Categories: Economic, Glass, Metal, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research

Organisation: Ministry of Environment

Main partners:

  • Eesti Pandipakend – Producer responsibility organisation

Localisation: Estonia (EE)

Summary

The packaging deposit was established by the Ministry of the Environment for glass and plastic bottles in 2005. Every customer, who buys a carbonised drink, beer, some other low-alcohol beverage, juice, juice concentrate or nectar, also pays the deposit, which is indicated separately on the price label.

Municipal Waste Consultancy in Styria

Categories: Communication and Education, Material fractions, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention

Organisation: VABÖ – Verband Abfallberatung Österreich

Main partners:

  • ARGE – Association for Waste Prevention

Localisation: Austria (AT)

Summary

As an innovative solution to severe waste problems of the 1980s a small NGO (ARGE) developed the concept of “municipal environment & waste consultant” and implemented it within the next years all over Austria with labour agency funding. Today 340 consultants are the backbone of public waste management.

Hazardous waste collection in Sofia

Categories: Communication and Education, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Municipality of Sofia

Main partners:

  • BalBok Engineering

Localisation: Sofia (BG)

Summary

In 2012 Sofia Municipality launched a system for separate collection of hazardous household waste. The system includes door-to-door collection by request or in mobile collection points, providing transportation and packaging for safe transport, subsequent treatment and disposal.

Civic Amenity Sites in Odense

Categories: Communication and Education, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: Odense Waste Management Company

Main partners:

  • Odense municipality

Localisation: Odense (DK)

Summary

Odense operates eight civic amenity sites, i.e. approximately 24,000 inhabitants per site. All sites have approximately 30 containers for different material fractions. There is access control (national medical health card) to register visits. All sites are manned (two employees per site). The opening hours are generally from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all weekdays (also holidays).

Bulky waste collection in social housing in Nantes

Categories: Communication and Education, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Wood

Organisation: Nantes Métropole

Main partners:

  • Nantes City Council
  • Nantes Habitat
  • Eco-systèmes
  • Tenants from rue Samuel de Champlain – site “Chêne des Anglais”
  • Private waste collectors

Localisation: Nantes Métropole (FR)

Summary

As a follow-up of the "tri-sac" (sorting bag) initiative and the under grounding of waste containers, this action aimed at providing a solution for bulky waste.

Eco-container at home in Greater Porto area

Categories: Material fractions, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Maia municipality

Main partners:

  • LIPOR
  • Sociedade Ponto Verde (Portuguese Green Dot System)
  • ON2

Localisation: Southern Region (IE)

Summary

The “Eco-container at Home” Project is based on the distribution of individual containers/ bins for waste selective deposition and for the mixed waste deposition (4 diffrerent bins with four different colours), which allows separate the waste without living home.

Food Waste Collection in Southern Region of Ireland

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Southern Region of Ireland

Main partners:

  • Department of Environment, Community & Local Government (DECLG)
  • Environmentl Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Cré
  • Private waste collectors

Localisation: Southern Region (IE)

Summary

In order to achieve the objectives of the Irish National Strategy on Biodegradable Waste and the Regional Waste Plan minimum targets in relation to the collection of source segregated commercial and household food waste were specified.

Brussels subsidies to social economy

Categories: Economic, EEE, Glass, Metal, Other bulky items, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse

Organisation: Brussels Environment

Main partners:

Oxfam, les Petits Riens, La Poudrière, Terre and the Salvation Army

Localisation: Brussels-Capital Region (BE)

Summary

A financial support is provided to social economy actors according to the quantities of waste collected and recycled and products reused. The financial support also aims at making these activties self-supporting in the long term and well organised via an agreement procedure.

Brussels Waste Network

Categories: Biogenic fraction, EEE, Glass, Material fractions, Metal, Other bulky items, Other Fractions, Paper, Plastic, Recycling, Reuse and preparing for reuse, Technical and Research, Waste Prevention, Wood

Organisation: Brussels Environment

Main partners:

BECI

Localisation: Brussels-Capital Region (BE)

Summary

The Brussels Waste Network was created in 2010 to develop a network of waste advisers for Brussels based entreprises. This project comes from a public/private partnership with BECI, the Chambre of Commerce and Industry de la Région de Bruxelles Capitale.

Door to door food waste collection in Milan

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: Municipality of Milan - AMSA

Main partners:

  • CiC (Italian composters consortium)
  • Monza’s Agronomy school

Localisation: Milan (IT)

Summary

The door to door households organic waste collection plan was first introduced in November 2012 in ¼ of the city of Milan and then was extended to the whole city in June 2014.

Waste disposal tax in Catalonia

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Economic, Glass, Metal, Paper, Plastic, Recycling

Organisation: ARC - Catalan Waste Agency

Main partners:

n/a

Localisation: Catalonia (ES)

Summary

The region of Catalonia introduced a landfill tax in 2004 which initial rate was 10.00 € per tonne of municipal waste.

Door-to-door separate collection in Catalonia

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Material fractions, Recycling, Technical and Research

Organisation: ARC - Catalan Waste Agency

Main partners:

Associació de Municipis Catalans per a la Recollida Porta a Porta

Localisation: Catalonia (ES)

Summary

In door-to-door selective collection (D-t-D) the waste owner (households, commerce) places Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) streams separated at source outside the front door for municipal collection services, according to a collection schedule for each waste stream.

Separate collection and treatment of bio-waste in Catalonia

Categories: Biogenic fraction, Technical and Research

Organisation: ARC - Catalan Waste Agency

Localisation: Catalonia (ES)

Summary

Catalan municipalities without an approved deployment plan for bio-waste separate collection and treatment have to pay an increased disposal tax for the landfilling and incineration of residual waste.