Jeremy Williams How Africa is leading the way against plastic
The UN recognises that “Africa stands out as the continent where the largest number of countries instituted a total ban on the production and use of plastic bags.”
German waste and bio-waste Management associations Position Statement on the disposal of biodegradable plastics through bio-waste treatment (composting and anaerobic digestion)
The EU Commission is currently working on implementing legislation on labels and markings for biodegradable and compostable plastic carrier bags. The new measure stipulates that plastic shopping bags and carrier bags would have to be labelled throughout the EU according to their suitability for both industrial and home composting. This joint statement sets out the position of the German waste and bio-waste management associations, who are using this process as an opportunity to express their fundamental disagreement with the practice of composting biodegradable plastics. The position taken in this joint statement covers all products made of biodegradable plastics such as, amongst others, packaging, disposable tableware and coffee capsules. It also takes issue with the assignment of these products to certain types of waste treatment.
Bio-based and certified biodegradable plastic bags, some of which are used as caddy liners in the separate collection of household organic kitchen waste, are not part of the scope of this position. With respect to bio-based and biodegradable bags, the co-signatories of this position paper are in line with the position of the German Federal Environmental Agency (UBA). UBA states that certified biodegradable bags can only be used if they are listed in Annex 1 of Germany’s regulation on bio-waste. They also need to be approved by the relevant local public authorities for waste management and in close co-operation with bio-waste treatment companies.
European Commission EU steers global debate on environment and climate action at G20 meeting in Japan, focus on marine litter
On 15 and 16 June, Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy Miguel Arias Cañete and Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will attend the G20 Energy and Environment Ministerial meeting, which takes place in Karuizawa, Japan. The first ever G20 ministerial meeting on environment-related topics will focus on how to respond together to global challenges of marine plastic litter, climate change, energy efficiency improvements, further deployment of renewables and the role of finance in fostering the transition to clean energy technologies.
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Franco-German Climate Working Group discusses pathways to climate neutrality
Today, the Meseberg Climate Working Group met in Berlin. It is the second meeting of the Franco-German group, bringing together all ministries dealing with climate change measures under the lead of Climate State Secretaries Brune Poirson (FRA) and Jochen Flasbarth (DEU). The close collaboration across sectors responds to the mandate given by President Macron and Chancellor Merkel in June 2018 at Meseberg.
bvse bvse-Network supports Waste Management Project in Africa
In West African Togo, people and the environment suffer from a major waste problem. Since there are no disposal structures, waste simply ends up on the streets. Sanvi Sodji, who studies in Germany, wants to change this situation in his home country.
UN Environment Rising demand for sand calls for resource governance
Geneva, 07 May 2019 – With the global demand for sand and gravel standing at 40 to 50 billion tonnes per year, a new report by UN Environment reveals that aggregate extraction in rivers has led to pollution, flooding, lowering of water aquifers and worsening drought occurrence.
Nestlé Waters North America Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries Names Nestlé Waters North America as 2019 Design for Recycling Award Winner
Los Angeles, Calif. – In recognition of its innovative use of recycled plastic, and its product design centered on recycling, the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) names Nestlé Waters North America as its 2019 Design for Recycling® (DFR) Award winner. The DFR Award is ISRI’s most prestigious award given annually to the most innovative contribution to products designed with recycling in mind. Nestlé Waters has received the award specifically for the design of its Nestlé® Pure Life® 700ml bottle made from 100 percent recycled PET plastic (rPET).
Samsung Newsroom Samsung Electronics to Replace Plastic Packaging with Sustainable Materials
Under the company’s sustainability policy, Samsung plans to minimize and replace packaging with environmentally sustainable materials.
Pollutec 2018 Recap: Great success at the green growth gathering!
Pollutec's 2018 edition once again confirmed the unique character of this truly international event, which has become the rendezvous for businesses involved in green growth. The event welcomed 70,076 participants from 128 different countries, demonstrating that, 40 years after the show's creation, environmental and energy-related issues are still a high priority for everyone concerned.
Council of the EU Council and Parliament reach provisional agreement on new EU waste rules
In the early hours of 18 December 2017, the Estonian presidency reached a provisional agreement with representatives of the European Parliament on all four legislative proposals of the waste package. EU ambassadors will be briefed on the outcome on 20 December, but the final analysis and endorsement on behalf of the Council is planned for the first quarter of next year.
CIWM - Darrel Moore “No Evidence” Linking Birth Defects To Incinerators, Study Finds
There is “no evidence for increased risk” linking birth defects and infant mortality to UK municipal waste incinerators, according to the findings of a recently published study.
WtERT Germany Cooperation with Croatia
Dr. Goran Rozing, Ferit and Werner Bauer, WtERT have decided to collaborate on future projects in Croatia.
NOHBO The world's first single-use, water soluble shampoo pods
A young man called Benjamin Stern invented the world’s first biodegradable shampoo pods called 'NOHBO' to reduce plastic waste. NOHBO unleashed its drop line in 2018.
Fraunhofer Umsicht A model region for waste management in Tunisia
In this project, which is being worked on by Fraunhofer Umsicht Sulzbach-Rosenberg with WtERT Germany and em & s, a recycling center is to be set up, among other things, in which various valuable waste materials, e.g. old electrical equipment can be registered.
The Department of Waste Management and Material Flow of the University of Rostock has been active in Arab countries for over 20 years, and has initiated, carried out and scientifically supervised numerous projects. Waste management and material flow is an important theme in the field of German development cooperation in the MENA regions and has gained in significance in recent years.
Saubermacher Dienstelistungs AG From liquid waste to clean water — new Saubermacher plant goes live
Modern procedures, optimised processes and consideration for the neighbours — Saubermacher’s new treatment plant for industrial and commercial waste water in Trofaiach represents the state-of-the-art. Chemical and physical processes convert liquid waste substances such as acids, lyes and oil/water mixes into clean water, with micro-organisms responsible for final purification. The company has invested some eight million Euros in the high-tech plant, which has the capacity to treat up to 25,000 tonnes of waste every year.
Global Climate Action Summit Global Climate Action Summit: Governments Must Aim for Net Zero Carbon Emissions Before 2050, Say Business Leaders
SAN FRANCISCO, September 12 – Businesses are unlikely to reduce carbon emissions to zero and deliver the Paris Agreement without ambitious and unequivocal targets set by governments, according to CEOs attending the Global Climate Action Summit.
Susanne Uschold, Stadt Amberg ForumZ Partners screening worlds waste management
Waste Management International - Impressions over the past few years, send to us by ForumZ Partners!
SUEZ Australia & New Zealand. Waste to Energy ‘Missing Link’ as Australia Deals with National Sword Impact
SUEZ Australia & New Zealand CEO Mark Venhoek explains why waste to energy infrastructure is the missing link in Australia’s national waste management hierarchy as China’s National Sword policy alters the shape of the industry and opens opportunities…
Solid waste management has emerged as a big challenge for the Mediterranean country of Tunisia. The country, having an estimated population of around 11 million people, produces more than 2.5 million tons of garbage each year. Tunisia is experiencing an average increase in waste volume by 3% with per capita waste generation in urban areas being 0.8 kg per day. Biodegradable organic fraction constitutes around 68% of the MSW stream.
European Commission Single-use plastics: New EU rules to reduce marine litter
Why is the Commission proposing a new Directive to tackle marine litter? - More than 80% of marine litter is plastics. The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules that target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. These products are the biggest part of the problem. Together they constitute 70% of all marine litter items.
Youtube//comunicazione qthermo "Firenze has made the right decision"
Interview with prof. Nickolas Themelis, on the advantages of waste to energy systems.
Sustainable Asia & Chinadialogue Podcasts: EIGHT MILLION
Learn how eight million metric tonnes of plastic are entering our ocean every year and the potential solutions coming out of China. A five-part audio documentary that takes you through the ins and outs of plastic waste treatment globally and in China. It's an illuminating look at how the Middle Kingdom is closing its doors on imported plastic waste, and turning its back on industrial pollution in favor of building an 'ecological civilization.'
www.letscleanupeurope.de Let's Clean Up Europe
Littering is a europe-wide problem. The initiative "Let's Clean Up Europe" wants to take a stand against littering and wants to make more people aware of this problematic situation.