Retailers have committed to take voluntary action in waste prevention, particularly on food waste. At the Retail Forum in Brussels on 10 October, 19 Retail Forum members pledged to run campaigns raising awareness on waste and food waste prevention and reduction. This initiative will complement relevant EU policies on waste, as set out in the Roadmap to a Resource-Efficient Europe, for example halving edible food waste by 2020, making waste a resource and virtually eliminating landfilling.
Improved rules on the collection and treatment of e-waste has entered into force. E-waste (i.e. waste electrical and electronic equipment, or WEEE) is one the fastest growing waste streams, and it offers substantial opportunities in terms of making secondary raw materials available on the market. Systematic collection and proper treatment is a precondition for recycling materials like gold, silver, copper and rare metals in used TVs, laptops and mobile phones.
The European Commission is collecting contributions on exemptions from the substance restrictions in electrical and electronic equipment – the RoHS II Directive.
The World Bank has published a report on municipal solid waste providing consolidated data on its generation, collection, composition, and disposal by country and by region.
Author: Andrew T. Marlow, onePlanet Solutions Limited, UK
It is rewarding to see that Scotland is driving forward on all fronts, and not just the much publicised referendum on independence, but working to assist SMEs(Small Medium Sized Enterprises) to develop more effective recycling solutions for their businesses.
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