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17 October 2018:

A quick scan of recent waste, recycling and related environmental developments from around the globe...

French Government Launches National Public Information Campaign to Encourage Recycling

On Monday, Brune Poirson, the Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition, launched "Together, let's continue recycling," a three-month public information campaign to"remind everyone of the environmental and economic benefits of recycling and the sorting process that makes it possible." The campaign will include TV spots on major national channels, radio advertisments, and online messages.

The minister noted that France produces nearly 38 million tons of household waste annually or about 500 kilograms per person and that the country must "move from this economy of disposable to a circular economy in which resources are reused or recycled, but that nothing would be possible without the daily mobilization of the French who sort their waste."

The campaign has budget of 3.6 million euros and is being coordinated with many extended producer responsibility organizations that also will be conducting their own public information activities.

For more information, go to

NSW EPA Makes Available $1.6 Million for Food Waste Prevention Grants

The New South Wales (NSW) EPA said last week that it is making $1.6 million in food waste prevention grants available through the EPA's Love Food Hate Waste Program. Individual grants of up to $250,000 are being offered to towns, cities or regions to implement "two-year whole-of-city" projects.

This is the sixth round of grant funding through the Love Food Hate Waste Program. The initial deadline to submit Expressions of Interest for the sixth round is November 19.

The NSW EPA announcement is posted at

Quebec Environmental Ministry Provides Nearly $348,000 in Funding to Recycle Old Buildings

Yesterday, Quebec's Ministry of Durable Development, Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change announced it is providing $347,961 in funding to Ecobatiment to support the recycling of buildings, not building materials but entire structures.

According to the Ministry, recycling existing buildings offers benefits in fighting climate change. Upgrading rather than destroying buildings can improve their energy efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and eliminate the ecological impact of demolition and the construction of a new building.

The funding will be used for "promoting improvements, renovations, expansions and changes in use among construction industry players and project owners such as municipalities, private and public developers. and building managers and owners." It will also help support a symposium in November 2019, a training and workshop tour, and the production of building recycling publications.

For more information, go to

Buenos Aires Train Passengers Separated 3 Tons of Recyclables in Six Months

Six months ago, Buenos Aires Provincial Organization for Sustainable Development (Organismo Provincial para el Desarrollo Sostenible or OPDS) launched a program called "Better Environment in Your Train" that encourages passengers to separate their recyclables and waste. Today, OPDS reported that about three tons of materials have been separated by passengers to date with the separated materials collected by 15 recycling cooperatives participating in the program.

"Generating awareness in the community is a daily challenge, and public transportation allows us to reach many neighbors with a message about how to separate waste at the source and to generate a habit in families, which ultimately is what lasts," said Rodrigo Aybar, OPDS Executive Director.

Among the recyclable materials separated by passengers were 1,400 kilograms of PET plastic, 1,200 kilograms of cardboard, 320 kilograms of paper, 70 kilograms of aluminum, and 40 kilograms of glass.

More information is available at

Six More Organizations Join Czech Government Campaign to Voluntarily Reduce Disposable Plastics

Last week, the Czech Ministry of Environment announced six more companies and organizations have joined a campaign to voluntarily reduce their use of disposable plastics. Among the six were IKEA, coffee companies Starbucks and Costa Coffee, supermarket chain Lidl, and food and drink provider Fruitisimo. They joined seven other companies and organizations announced in June when the ministry launched the #distyoplastic campaign.

According to the ministry, IKEA committed to stop using disposble plastic dishes in their restaurants, bistros and cafes; Starbucks will replace disposable plastic cutlery and cups with reusable alternatives within their shops; and Costa Coffee will replace plastic cups for cold drinks with glassware for on-site consumption, and replace plastic straws with paper ones for cold drinks.

In its announcement, the ministry also said it is planning to unveil revisions to the Waste Act, the End-of-Life Products Act and the Packaging Act "in coming months."

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Swedish EPA Says National Survey Data Shows Consumers Want More Sustainable Textiles

The Swedish Environmental Protection Agency said yesterday that three out of four Swedish consumers want to act more sustainably in regard to textiles - that according to the results of a recent national survey of more than 3,000 consumers. Most consumers are "prepared to better take care of their clothes and, to a greater extent, offer them for reuse or source sorting when they are worn out," according to the agency.

"Both this survey and the recommendations made by the Swedish Consumer Agency show the need to give consumers better opportunities to choose clothes with less environmental impact," said Johan Jarelin, a Swedish Consumer Agency spokesperson.

The survey, which covered a range of issues, was conducted be the Swedish Consumer Agency.

Download a 140-page report on the survey findings at

First World Ecolabel Day Announced

The Global Ecolabeling Network (GEN) recently announced that October 25 will be the first World Ecolabel Day. GEN says the purpose of the designation is "to focus on ecolabel products and services that are proven to be environmentally preferable and performance tested, so you are ensured the best products for your health and the health of the planet."

To help promote the event, GEN has made available free logo artwork, posters, handouts, email and blog banner ads and other communication tools. GEN represents ecolabels used in more than 50 countries across five continents.

The GEN announcement is posted at

INCPEN Announces Support for UK's On-Pack Recycling Label

Today, the United Kingdom's Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) and the On-Pack Recycling Label (OPRL) announce they are "consolidating their relationship," according to an INCPEN announcement. INCPEN is becoming one of OPRL's "guarantors," joining the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment, the Local Authority Recycling Advisory Committee, RECycling Of Used Plastics Limited or RECOUP, and the Confederation of Paper Industries.

"We join four superb existing guarantors," said Paul Vanston, Chief Executive of INCPEN. "Working together with them and across the very strong memberships of OPRL and INCPEN, we stand ready to ensure clear and unambiguous on-pack labelling messages help deliver the UK's recycling and circular economy targets."

According to ORPL, their label "has three categories which tell consumers how likely it is that their local authority will accept specific packaging materials for recycling." More than 600 brands support the ORPL.

The complete announcement is available for review at

Australian Waste Management Association Cites Concerns with New Recycling Label

In early September, Planet Ark and the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation (APCO) unveiled the Australasian Recycling Label, designed to "to reduce confusion about recycling" and boost recycling rates. However, on September 26 the Waste Management Association of Australia (WMAA) publicly voice concerns about the new label.

"In real terms, the label needs to solve two problems; it needs to tell consumers how they can dispose of the waste, and if the packaging is made from recycled product," said WMAA CEO Gayle Sloan. "This label does neither and industry believes that this label will not help hit the targets set by the Australian Packaging Covenant Organisation."

WMAA also accused APCO of failing to incorporate feedback from industry associations in a recent consultation process and is "working on industry issues without industries input."

However, WMAA said it welcomed the Australasian Recycling Label's launch as a step forward in addressing Australia's sagging recycling rates.

The WMAA statement is available for review at

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