Waste and recycling

Europeans support taking a variety of actions for environmental reasons, and they are increasingly changing their behaviour for environmental reasons.

EU citizens believe the actions that would have the greatest impact on solving environmental problems are recycling and minimizing waste (54%) and buying low energy consumption home appliances (39%).

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Most citizens are also engaging in actions for environmental reasons: 84% separated most their waste for recycling, 80% cut down their energy consumption and 70% cut down their water consumption during the last month.

The consumers would love to see EU controlled labelling by which they may be sure everything is taken care off that everything is done by the rules of ethics and human rights.

The governments also should take efforts to sensitize their citizens that minimizing waste is an important strategy for reducing the release of toxins into the environment and is the only way to make the environment for next generations liveable.

Reducing waste is not only important environmentally, but also economically. We should focus on pollution prevention, design changes in products and process, and on internal recycling and reuse programs.

Through the hierarchy of waste reduction (material reduction, reuse, recycling, and then lastly disposal) retailers can radically reduce the amount of landfill waste produced, resulting not only in benefits to the environment but also cost savings and new revenue sources.

From sales floors to distribution centres, actively engaging employees about waste reduction creates opportunities to involve and motivate employees and to share positive effects with customers.

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The waste hierarchy refers to the “3 Rs” reduce, reuse and recycle, which classify waste management strategies according to their desirability. The 3 Rs are meant to be a hierarchy, in order of importance. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


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Minimizing Waste

Similar to energy reduction, waste reduction goals are set at the corporate level to communicate intentions, build accountability, and inspire action. The type of goal set depends mainly on an organization’s culture. Some companies aim to reduce their waste by a particular percentage, like a reduction of landfill waste by 20 percent or more by 2015. Others commit to aspirational zero-waste goals. Company goals are then translated into store-level waste reduction plans.

Waste minimization starts with reduction and reuse. Retailers are updating procurement policies to minimize the volume of disposable material entering their facilities and engaging employees to reduce material consumption. Customers are also important allies in reducing waste; many retailers are introducing reusable shopping bags and some offer incentives to use them. CVS’s GreenBagTag program offers rewards and discounts when customers use their reusable bags.


  • Guide to Recycling for Schools – How to Initiate And Implement a Waste Reduction Program (recyclereminders.com)

    How can schools initiate a Waste ReductionProgram:

    Keeping in mind the motto to “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle & Buy Recycled”, any school can initiate and effectively implement a waste reduction program and reduce waste generation significantly. Since waste is generated communally in school, it should be reduced using the collective efforts of the staff and students. School officials have an important role to play here as they have an opportunity to influence many lives around them. Teaching the importance of waste reduction can help students make wise decisions in their personal lives as well.
  • Progressive Waste Solutions’ New Facility to Divert up to 85% of Received Waste from Landfills (environmentalleader.com)
    Progressive Waste Solutions has opened a waste reduction facility in Vaughan, Ontario, that the company says will redirect up to 85% of the construction, demolition and renovation waste it receives away from landfills for reuse or conversion to biofuel.
  • Marks & Spencer Beats Zero-Waste-to-Landfill Goal (environmentalleader.com)
    Marks & Spencer has beaten its goal for 25% of its M&S Food (by turnover) to be produced in factories sending zero waste to landfill by 2015. By the end of last year, 84 suppliers — accounting for 32% of M&S Food turnover — had sent no waste to landfill, according to the company’s 2013 Plan A sustainability report.The company works directly with suppliers and other retailers to reduce packaging and food waste, as part of the Courtauld Commitment, a voluntary agreement between WRAP and the food and beverage retail sector with a focus on improving resource efficiency.
  • Volunteering for the Waste Reduction Cause (utopiandave.wordpress.com)
    along with finding new links to valuable information (see under ‘Local’ on my links page for more collaborative schemes), meeting like-minded people and starting my journey to fulfil points three and seven on The Rules post, I was re-inspired to think creatively about utilising our household essentials.
  • Spend Convenience and Recycling (zeebreakingnews24x7.wordpress.com)
    Waste has become a large problem in this day and age and the losing it is something which has become a big company in its own right. The large quantity of Waste Disposal which is produced every day and which finishes up being transferred all over the nation is incredible so the recycle of waste is something which has to be taken seriously. There are many opportunities for all kinds of waste although one has to be cautious to use appropriate recycle techniques to make sure best top quality items are created out of waste.

    The Waste Management and its recycling is a problem which constantly rules got plan. With the problem of climatic change above, the incineration of waste should be prevented as much as possible. So the primary forced of waste disposal should be on the real recycle of all components which can then be used for different reasons.

  • New Program in Blakely Recycles Tree Limbs into Mulch (wtvy.com)
    Blakely Limb Recycling The city of Blakely is sending fallen limbs and trees back where they came from. Early Tree and Limb is using a horizontal grinder called “The Beast,” and it transforms fallen limbs and other yard debris into mulch. Robert Murkerson says the project is just another way of making use of resources.
  • Panasonic leads e-waste recycling programme in Singapore (eco-business.com)
    Electronics conglomerate Panasonic Asia Pacific launched on Friday a new programme for recycling home appliances and electronic waste in Singapore. Called the Heartland E-waste Recycling Programme, the CSR initiative is a pilot project running from July to December 2013 at Marine Parade and Mountbatten, or Singapore’s south east district.
  • Concrete Waste Recycling Plant (fengqh.wordpress.com)
    China Clay Screening Machine China Clay Processing Plant China clays usually are transported by truck from the mine to the processing plants, many of whichare located at or near the mine.
  • The Best Places for Computer Recycling in Phoenix (local.answers.com)
    The Best Places for Computer Recycling in Phoenix The Best Places for Computer Recycling in Phoenix If you have an old computer that you no longer have use for, then you have to treat it like any other piece of old electronic item. You can’t just toss it in the garbage or in your recycle bin.
  • Stay Green by Recycling in Phoenix (local.answers.com)
    Limited recycling in Phoenix began in 1988 and by 2012, 395,000 private residences were involved in the recycling program. You are not required by law to recycle in Phoenix, but the program does encourage residents to do so. To date, those who live in apartments and condos do not qualify for the program. Those who do qualify will be given a special blue bin for the recyclable materials.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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7 Responses to Waste and recycling

  1. Pete says:

    “Waste minimization starts with reduction and reuse.” Exactly! There is no bigger truth than that. Just look at your house every time you clean up and pay attention to all the things you don’t need. For example, plastic grocery bags. You probably have hundreds of them and you use them for garbage. But you don’t remember taking one with you when you go to the store again and so you buy a new one, because, what will you do? Carry everything in your hands? Think about this and buy one grocery bag you’ll reuse and take with you everywhere you go. And voila, you won’t have so much plastic bags cluttering your kitchen! Reuse!


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