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Less is more: Resource efficiency through waste collection, recycling and reuse of aluminium, cotton and lithium in Europe

This report explores three different commodities – lithium, aluminium and cotton – to exemplify how our linear consumption patterns (extraction, manufacture, use and disposal) not only have major social, economic and environmental impacts, but also represent a missed opportunity for job creation and global resource security.

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2013

Door-to-Door Collection as a Strategy to Reduce Waste Disposal: The Case of Hernani

Hernani is a city in Spain. As in other cities of Spain, Hernani’s former municipal waste management system strongly relied on waste disposal complemented with a limited recycling system. In 2002, the provincial government presented a controversial plan containing two central components: the addition of another container for the voluntary recycling of organic materials and the construction of two new incinerators. Citizen opposition to the latter was immediate.

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2011

Prioritizing the Recovery of Vegetable Waste: La Pintana

La Pintana is one of the communes that constitute the Metropolitan Region of Chile. Despite belonging to the national capital region, this is one of the poorest communities in the country. Nonetheless, while other governments may see this as an obstacle to the incorporation of waste prevention and resource recovery strategies, La Pintana decided to focus on making better use of the available resources and started a promising program that is already yielding significant results.

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2011

On The Road to Zero Waste Successes and Lessons from around the World

Seven case studies of zero waste around the world.
Introduction: Stories From the Front Lines of the Zero Waste movement
Pune, India: Waste Pickers Lead the Way to Zero Waste
San Francisco, USA: Creating a Culture of Zero Waste
Alaminos, Philippines: Zero Waste, from Dream to Reality
Hernani, Spain: Door-to-Door Collection as a Strategy to Reduce Waste Disposal
La Pintana, Chile: Prioritizing the Recovery of Vegetable Waste

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2012

Letter on Notification of an Italian draft legislation establishing end-of-waste criteria for Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF)

We are writing to express our concerns with regard to the notification of the Italian draft legislation n°2012/480/I relating to the production and condition for use of solid recovered waste.As highlighted below in more detail, Italy is classifying solid recovered fuel (SRF) as non-waste in order to be able to incinerate or co-incinerate it outside of the EU regulatory framework for waste and industrial emissions (incineration and co-incineration), arguing that SRF that is prepared and classi

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2012

Incinerators: Myths vs. Facts about “Waste to Energy”

GAIA's factsheet on incineration.
FACT1: Municipal waste is non-renewable, consisting of discarded materials such as paper, plastic and glass that are derived from finite natural resources such as forests that are being depleted at unsustainable rates.
FACT2: All incinerators pose considerable risk to the health and environment of neighboring communities as well as that of the general population.

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2012

Nothing Neutral Here: Large-scale biomass subsidies in the UK and the role of the EU ETS

UK-based power companies are using the myth that biomass is 'carbon neutral' to continue their emissions and greenwash their polluting activities permitted under the EU Emissions Trading System and other EU legislation. This deceptive accounting undermines analysis that places emissions from biomass on a par with fossil fuels. This British biomass boom is set to benefit polluters and cause widespread environmental destruction through land grabs and deforestation.

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2012

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