5000 nantais invités au banquet contre le gaspillage alimentaire

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« Ce n’est pas parce qu’on a une sale gueule, qu’on est mauvais pour autant ! » Voilà ce que clame le Banquet des 5000 qui vous invite, ce mercredi 25 septembre, à déguster gratuitement un repas exclusivement réalisé à partir de légumes disqualifiés pour la vente et la consommation. Destinés à être jetés, ces carottes biscornues, pommes de terre difformes, salades un peu cuites… sont des « produits frais encore parfaitement consommables », remarque Tristram Stuart, organisateur de l’événement.

 Plus d’information:  nantesgreencapital.fr

Local authorities across Europe must join forces to tackle waste disposal

Integrated waste disposal facility, Allington

Integrated waste disposal facility, Allington (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Rubbish is a rather big, costly and challenging beast. Of the £3bn spent each year by businesses on environmental protection, one third is spent on waste management. But companies are not alone in feeling the strain. Local governments across Europe face similar challenges as they consider ways to sort through the tons of waste thrown away every year.

Taming the beast will require the involvement of all levels of government, and concerted action led by Europe’s local authorities. It is broadly agreed that the current loss of resources, cost to businesses and households and impact on the environment must be stopped at all costs.

More information:  theguardian.com

UK recycling industry has potential to create 10,000 new jobs, report finds

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Pursuing recycling and more efficient resource use could lead to a UK industry with net exports of more than £20bn and 10,000 new jobs in the recycling sector by 2020, according to a new report.

Businesses outside the sector could also reduce their costs by £50bn a year on savings in raw materials and energy, says the report, Going for Growth, published on Tuesday by the Environmental Services Association (ESA) and the government-funded Waste and Resources Action Programme (Wrap).
If activities such as the research and development of new design techniques, that would minimise the need for recycling, and better ways to reuse materials are included, the opportunity could be for 50,000 new jobs and a £3bn boost to the UK’s annual GDP

More informaton:  theguardian.com

Waste not, want not

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A Portuguese company has been recognised for its waste management software – an example of how modern technology can make environmental services more efficient.

Compta Emerging Business, headquartered in historic Évora in southern-central Portugal, received in September a Green Projects Award Portugal for the best technological solution in the areas of environment and sustainable development for its EZWaste software. EZWaste is one of a number of software packages (others include Wastedge and WRATE) that promise environmental benefits through the optimisation of waste collection.

Using EZWaste, coupled with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tags and GPS technology, municipalities and waste management companies can identify the most efficient waste collection routes, make sorting of waste more systematic, trace waste loads from collection to recycling or disposal, and can have better control over the waste disposal process. Waste can be more clearly identified and categorised, and traced through the waste management system, so that, for example, recyclable waste does not end up being needlessly landfilled.

source: europa.eu

Carrotmob, le mouvement écolo et atypique de l’anti-boycott

Trier ses ordures, éviter les bains, privilégier les transports en commun, favoriser les produits recyclables et recyclés, faire pipi dans la douche… Le quotidien d’un écologiste pratiquant ressemble bien souvent à un chemin de croix. Fort heureusement, la protection de notre environnement passe également par des initiatives plus ludiques et tout aussi efficaces, à l’image de celle imaginée par l’Américain Brent Schulkin. Après plusieurs années de réflexion, cet ancien salarié de Google a lancé le concept de Carrotmob en 2008 à San-Francisco :    “Nous avons choisi le nom de Carrotmob car nous utilisons la carotte au lieu du bâton. Plutôt que les traditionnelles attaques ou menaces, nous croyons que les gens peuvent avoir plus d’influence sur les entreprises en leur donnant une bonne raison de changer : notre argent.”

Une façon de prendre le capitalisme à son propre jeu en troquant le traditionnel boycott par une consommation ciblée et responsable.

Les règles de Carrotmob sont simples : des consommateurs envahissent un commerce afin de dégager un surplus de chiffre d’affaires pour le gérant. Celui-ci s’engage alors à réinvestir une partie des bénéfices réalisés dans la restructuration écologique de son établissement. Plus précisément, des commerces (épiceries, restaurants, magasins, bars…) font l’objet d’une présélection par l’équipe organisatrice du Carrotmob. Dès lors, ils sont invités à participer à des enchères. Celui qui propose le plus haut pourcentage de bénéfices réinvestis remporte la mise. “Dans la phase de sélection, nous prenons également en compte l’aspect ludique de la proposition, les animations envisagées par le commerçant, détaille Florian Guillaume, président de Carrot Community et importateur du concept en France. C’est le cas du bar Le Chantier à Rennes qui nous a proposé de faire des cocktails à la carotte.”
Source : Les Inrocks

European Parliament: Avoiding food waste

Besides the election of a president and vice-presidents for the Parliament, one of the main subjects being debated during this session will be the food chain – imbalances in the food supply chain, the distribution chain for agricultural raw material and also food waste. Italian MEP, Salvatore Caronna (S&D) wrote a report on the latter which focused on how to avoid food waste.

According to a European Commission study, food waste in the 27 Member States of the EU has risen to 89 million tonnes (i.e. 179kg per person). By 2020, this figure is expected to have risen by a further 40% reaching 140 million tonnes. This waste includes an ever-increasing amount of foodstuffs that are still edible. However, according to the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization, by reducing post-harvest crop losses (about 14%) along with losses at distribution and consumption level, it would be possible to fulfil 3/5s of the requirements for increased cereal production needed globally by 2050.

In order to raise awareness among citizens and national governments, the Council and the European Commission have decided to act. This report recommends making the subject of food waste one of the priorities on the European policy agenda. It also suggests declaring 2013 “European Year against food waste”.

With the aim of halving food waste by 2025, this report highlights the steps to be taken to reduce it across all stages in the food chain, while keeping a close eye on the areas that will be affected – the climate and the economy to name but two.

Read More: The European Parliament  in Action