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Ljubljana; first EU capital to adopt a Zero Waste strategy. The Slovenian capital and three other municipalities, Vrhnika, Borovnica and Log Dragomer join the European network of Zero Waste municipalities September 8, 2014 The mayor of Ljubljana, Mr. European Commission Produces Much-Anticipated Circular Economy Package. The newly-announced package, dubbed ‘closing the loop’ is aimed at benefitting both the environment and the economy and contains common EU recycling targets of 65% municipal waste by 2030 and plans to develop quality standards for secondary raw materials, revised regulation on fertilisers to boost bio-organics and a Europe-wide strategy for plastics as well as actions to reduce food waste.

European Commission Produces Much-Anticipated Circular Economy Package

A statement from the commission promised: "This is a new, more comprehensive and ambitious plan that Commissioners are presenting. The agenda is essential for our economy, for jobs in the future, for our environment - for sustainability on all levels. “The future is not in low-wage production, the future is not in making things with finite components.

The future is providing services to the citizens in a long-term process. “The Circular Economy, if designed right, can enable economic, environmental and social gains - a triple win! The package was generally welcomed by the Scottish Government. Moving towards a circular economy - Environment. Implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan One year after adopting its Circular Economy Package, the Commission reports on the delivery and progress of key initiatives of its 2015 Action Plan: Report on the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan and annex.

Moving towards a circular economy - Environment

Together with the report, the Commission also: No landfill, no incineration: municipalities commit to zero waste - Eco-innovation Action Plan. Zero Waste Europe promotes infrastructural change in local waste management.

No landfill, no incineration: municipalities commit to zero waste - Eco-innovation Action Plan

It calls for waste prevention to be implemented in local plans, adoption by municipalities of waste separation so that waste streams are sorted at source, and for residual waste to be progressively reduced. For the latter to be achieved, according to Zero Waste Europe, “residual waste should be constantly studied in screening facilities so that kerbside schemes and reduction programmes [can] be further implemented, and non-recoverable products can be redesigned or removed from the market.”

Carlsberg Group - Carlsberg chairman presents prototype of bio-degradable bottle at “Folkemødet 2015” The Green Fiber Bottle prototype revealed today still looks and feels very different from what the final product will be, but does give an idea of what the future of beer bottles could be.

Carlsberg Group - Carlsberg chairman presents prototype of bio-degradable bottle at “Folkemødet 2015”

Today, at politics festival, “Folkemødet 2015”, the Carlsberg Foundation hosted a debate on circular economy and the possibilities for Denmark to become a leading nation in sustainability. Topics of the debate covered topics such as “how do we define what is sustainable?” And “what is the role of the state?” A central item of the debate was Carlsberg’s plans to develop the world’s first fully bio-degradable and bio-based beer bottle. Made from impulse-dried wood fibers, the “Green Fiber Bottle” is a groundbreaking innovation and currently under development in a partnership between Carlsberg Group and partners ecoXpac, Technical University of Denmark and Innovation Fund Denmark. Why is a bio-bottle more sustainable? The Green Fiber Bottle prototype with the current Carlsberg glass profile bottles. Zero Waste. Zero Waste Europe (@zerowasteeurope) Zero Waste Europe - Empowering Our Communities To Redesign. Approach Zero Waste Alliance. While the ZWA can provide support in many capacities, its most effective role is in assisting businesses and organizations through a process of change in pathways and systems.

Approach Zero Waste Alliance

Businesses that engage in new strategies typically follow the process outlined in Figure 1. Figure 1. The process by which businesses develop and implement new strategies. This change process usually takes an organization 12 to 24 months. About Zero Waste Edinburgh and Midlothian. You are here: Home » About us.

About Zero Waste Edinburgh and Midlothian

Zero Waste Plan. MDE has drafted an ambitious 25-year plan to nearly eliminate the inefficient disposal of solid waste and wastewater in Maryland.

Zero Waste Plan

The Zero Waste plan centers on a number of progressive waste reduction, reuse, recycling and energy recovery goals, and policy reforms. As part of its legislatively-mandated Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan, the State has established long-term 2040 recycling and waste diversion goals of 80% and 85%, respectively, along with interim targets. Planned actions include: enhanced waste management reporting; new source reduction requirements; augmented composting, recycling and reuse guidance and mandates; clean energy recovery incentives; expanded materials and process bans; numerous government lead-by-example initiatives; and market and job creation inducements. Please click here to review the Plan.

Contact Us Contact us at zerowaste.mde@maryland.gov. Additional Resources. Progress Report - City of Palo Alto. Our community is working hard toward its goal of Zero Waste (virtually no waste burned or buried) by 2021.

Progress Report - City of Palo Alto

All sectors of our community – residents, schools, businesses and nonprofits – have taken action to help. We’re all reducing our impact on the environment and paving the way for a Zero Waste future. This section provides information to keep you up to date on our community’s progress and perhaps even help you find more ways to join in the effort. Quicklinks How Are We Doing? Zero Waste Scotland. GAIA : On the Road to Zero Waste: Successes and Lessons from Around the World.

On the Road to Zero Waste: Successes and Lessons from Around the World Zero waste is both a goal and a plan of action.

GAIA : On the Road to Zero Waste: Successes and Lessons from Around the World

A comprehensive review of the development of zero waste management: lessons learned and guidelines. C2C Framework - McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC) Cradle to Cradle: Beyond Sustainability Our work is grounded in the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy developed by our founders, designer William McDonough and chemist Dr.

C2C Framework - McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry (MBDC)

Michael Braungart in their 2002 book, Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (North Point Press). Cradle to Cradle encourages us to step back from the routines of daily problem-solving and rethink the frame conditions that shape our designs. Rather than seeking to minimize the harm we inflict, Cradle to Cradle reframes design as a beneficial, regenerative force—one that seeks to create ecological footprints to delight in, not lament. It expands the definition of design quality to include positive effects on economic, ecological and social health. Cradle-to-cradle design. Cradle to Cradle design (also referred to as Cradle to Cradle, C2C, cradle 2 cradle, or regenerative design) is a biomimetic approach to the design of products and systems. It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms.

It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients.[1] Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free.[2] The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems.

Introduction[edit] Our Throw-Away Society. The way we currently design, produce, use, and dispose of most of our products and packaging is through a linear “cradle to grave” process – what Story of Stuff creator, Annie Leonard, refers to as the “Take, Make, Waste” system of industrial production and consumption. A hundred years ago, we predominantly discarded food scraps and coal ash. Most products were made from natural materials like paper, cloth, leather, metal and wood and most were reused or recycled at the end of their useful life. Today things are different. Products and packaging comprise 71% of the U.S. solid waste stream with packaging accounting for 30%.¹ We make our products from natural resources such as trees, minerals, natural gas, and oil.

Caroline Spelman calls for 'zero-waste' society to end landfill. Throwing rubbish such as drinks cans and leftover food into landfill wastes money and should not continue, the environment secretary, Caroline Spelman, said today. Announcing a new government review of England's waste strategy, Spelman said putting recyclable and biodegradable rubbish in the ground threatened the environment and wasted valuable natural resources. She said there was a need to go further and faster in boosting recycling rates in England, and that driving forward a "zero-waste society" would save money and create green jobs and industry.

Among the issues the review will look at are more facilities for processing recyclable rubbish in the UK – rather than sending it abroad – and providing clearer labelling of what can be recycled. Is A Zero-Waste Society Possible? Consider the extraordinary efforts we undertake to secure a barrel of oil. Lives lost from wars. Oil-rig blowouts. Cancer clusters downwind of refineries. 100,000 premature deaths each year in America alone when we combust the stuff in our engines. Consider the 28 million tons of plastic waste we send to landfills each year, essentially re-burying the oil in the earth, but this time in places that make it virtually impossible to recover. Zero Waste? – Zero Waste Europe. “Zero Waste is a goal that is both pragmatic and visionary, to guide people to emulate sustainable natural cycles, where all discarded materials are resources for others to use. The Aztecs of Mexico: A Zero Waste Society. To build greater understanding and awareness of traditional knowledge and inform action by indigenous peoples, local communities and policymakers, the United Nations University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) launched the Traditional Knowledge Initiative in 2007.

Case for Zero Waste. "Although unheard of a decade ago, there is considerable recent interest in designing industrial production processes that produce zero waste…the goal is a worthy motivator. " Kenneth Geiser, Materials Matter. A World without Waste? Fort Hood Garrison Commander Col. Mark Freitag signs the Net Zero Waste workgroup mission statement at the conclusion of the Net Zero Waste workgroup kick-off on December 8, 2011. Fort Hood is one of eight U.S.

Army installations participating in the program. Zero waste. Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused.