Europe drowning in plastic waste

Green (Living) Review

Instead of actually reducing waste, especially, though not restricted to, plastic waste, and secondly building our own facilities for recycling the countries are, yet again, looking for places with lower environmental standards to where to dump the waste rather than doing the other.

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Food waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Much is being talked about this pressing issue by governments – God help us! – but very little is actually being done to prevent food waste. But back to waste food and what to do about it, at home and elsewhere.

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Green (Living) Review

The UK government''s ''zero waste'' economy objective is highly desirable but unrealistic. We need to push responsibility for waste up the supply chain and put a brake on waste by design. In its latest report, CIWEM challenges government to ensure that everyone takes responsibility for waste – not just the waste management sector. By looking at materials at the beginning of the production process, there is the potential to prevent waste by design.

Zero Waste – is it possible?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Zero Waste is a concept that is very much like the idea of sustainable consumption in that it is not feasible regardless of what some people preach. But that is not a model that industry (and, it would appear, government) does not want.

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Waste Incineration: Advantages and Disadvantages


Quick Navigation for Pros and Cons of Waste Incineration. Municipal solid waste incineration process. High-temperature, mass-scale incineration produces ash, flue gases, and heat, and at the end of the burning cycle the total mass of solid waste left behind will be dramatically reduced.

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Waste, in this case, food waste

Green (Living) Review

This practice was, however, outlawed by the governments, apparently on behest of the European Commission or such unelected body that stands behind the now EU, claiming health concerns and such like silly excuses. food waste green living

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Government bought authors?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) I have now had the second “green” book for review written by a (British) scientist of one kind or another and in both instances they were making a stand, within the pages, in the latter case in a novel, about how we need to use nuclear energy as a carbon neutral energy and how it would be possible to negate the issue of the waste. Is that how low our governments, and especially the UK one, have stooped in order to promote their agenda?

British government evading green governance

Green (Living) Review

By Michael Smith (Veshengro) Conservative UK Prime Minister David Cameron is failing at his now a little over a year old vow to lead the “greenest government ever,” according to a scathing report released in May 2011 by environmental group Friends of the Earth. Cameron had made the promise days after taking office as head of a coalition government with Britain’s Liberal Democrat party last May, noting that he “cares passionately” about the environment.

7 Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous


But the dangerous side of the nuclear waste still casts a shadow over its widespread use. It is the troublesome disposal of the waste that remains an unsolved (perhaps even unsolvable) riddle. Quick Navigation for Reasons Why Nuclear Waste Is Dangerous. What is nuclear waste?


Green (Living) Review

The report, entitled ‘Vision 2020: UK Roadmap to Zero Food Waste to Landfill’ is the culmination of more than two years’ work and sets the framework to achieve a food waste-free future by 2020. food waste food waste to energy waste to energy

Litter groups and businesses unite to call on government to take a lead on litter

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) On September 1, 2015 major national litter groups and business organizations have made a joint plea to Government to take a firm lead on litter. litter waste

Improving conditions for Waste Pickers

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) “The time will come,” says Marcelo Conde, a 40-year-old garbage sorter who has been digging through trash for recyclables for as long as he can remember, with some pride, “when 80 percent of the raw material used by industry in Uruguay will be recycled waste products”.

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Reuse: The stepchild of waste management (in our homes)

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) For some peculiar reason, despite the fact that the 3Rs of waste management are “reduce, reuse, recycle” most people and even governments only seem to understand them as being “recycle, recycle, recycle” and reuse is, literally, being ignored like a poor stepchild or orphan. Next to reducing our, especially packaging, waste REUSE must be our priority in managing our waste; at home, at school, and at work.

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How to Reduce Waste in Your Business

Living Green & Saving Energy

Waste is a serious problem in today’s world. The waste generated by your business may not only create problems for you, but also for the general populace. This is why government has started becoming stricter against businesses, as regards the waste they generate. It is therefore essential that your business finds a way to limit […]. green business practices green work habits how to go green for businesses

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Industry response to The Food Waste Recycling Action Plan

Green (Living) Review

“Positive progress but more must still be done” Earlier this month (7 July), WRAP launched England’s first action plan to increase the quantity and quality of both domestic and commercial food waste recycling.

Government attack on wind power

Green (Living) Review

London, UK, June 6, 2013: Commenting on Government plans to make it harder for onshore wind turbines to get the go-ahead, Friends of the Earth''s Head of Campaigns Andrew Pendleton said: "Another day, another Government attack on efforts to tackle climate change. "Carbon-intensive developments such as fracking, airport expansion and new roads will also impact on local people – so is the Government planning to give communities a greater say on these too?

The real R's of waste management

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) We keep hearing the mantra “reduce, reuse, recycle” but they way most people seem to perceive it, due to government brainwashing, is as “recycle, recycle, recycle”. Reducing waste to start with and then reuse (and repurposing) never gets a looking in and a mention. But, the governments, central and local, cannot make any money from us reusing things now, can they. reuse repurposing waste management waste repurpose recycling

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Are we missing the point with the “war on waste”?

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Methinks that we certainly are for the point is not waste reduction and recycling but reduction of consumption and reuse. Waste is something that is – more or less – unavoidable, if we count all waste, including human waste.

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The issue about food waste is going mainstream

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The issue about food waste is going mainstream but will the people listen and understand the message? There are enough organizations, many of them NGOs, others government, that could do this or that could commission this.

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How to Recycle Food Waste at Home?


recycling are often uncertain about what to do with their food waste. Composting is the primary method of food recycling, and if we practice it religiously we can return a significant portion of the nutrients we waste back to the Earth, where they can do so much good for plants, animals and people. What is food waste? The food we waste at home is obvious, but it is only the final source of food waste. billion tons) goes to waste [2].

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The greenest government ever, Cameron said

Green (Living) Review

This definitely is not the greenest British government ever. One green law after the other, especially the ones that would sort our businesses of all kinds and bring them in line to do the green thing, is being abandoned by this “greenest ever” government. What happened to it now?

Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Problems


Here’s the bottom line on nuclear waste: it’s incredibly toxic, incredibly dangerous, and if you’re among the 99 percent who aren’t employed by the nuclear energy industry, you don’t want it stored anywhere near your home. Quick Navigation for Nuclear Waste Storage and Disposal Problems.

Make do and mend to cut waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Lord de Mauley, who was an environment minister of the Conservative/Liberal-Democrat coalition government in the UK, said in early 2015 (before the last general election in the UK) that householders should repair their broken televisions, toasters, and washing machines or buy second-hand replacements as part of a national effort to cut waste.

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Trash selfies to shame Tunisia’s government

Green Prophet

After a while the sight of so much plastic, paper, cans, glass, jars, luggage, furniture, clothing and other waste in overflowing trash cans or informal dump sites becomes so distressing, it’s hard not to push it out of one’s mind.

Recycling is a fraud, a sham, a scam

Green (Living) Review

We blame ourselves, or consumers are getting blamed, that's you and me, by government, for not recycling more plastics, and yet our efforts are like “hammering a nail to halt a falling skyscraper.” The majority of food that is wasted has never even made it to the consumer.

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Lebanon’s drowning in its own waste!

Green Prophet

The waste crisis escalated last weekend when angry demonstrators tried to storm the parliament in Beirut. The Naameh dump site in the mountains southeast of Beirut (shown above) had been the endpoint for waste generated by half of Lebanon’s four million people.

Without instant action the waste crises will keep coming

Green (Living) Review

Plastic waste today – medical waste tomorrow – ewaste soon after: ISWA warns continued global apathy to the issue of ‘waste’ will simply lead us from one crisis to another The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is calling on governments and organisations to broaden their understanding of the global waste crisis following a recent focus on the issue of marine plastic debris.

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Israel Introduces E-Waste Management Bill

Green Prophet

The Israeli government continues to process a bill that will regulate, for the first time, management of the country’s electronic waste. Data from the Environmental Protection Ministry suggests that Israel produces 85,000 tones of electronic waste a year.

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Report: Brexit offers escape hatch from £2bn EU waste policy costs

Green (Living) Review

British businesses would lose as much as £2bn over the next 20 years through the EU's Circular Economy Package, according to a new report from think-tank Policy Exchange, which is calling on the UK to adopt a better waste and resource management framework post-Brexit.

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Newly released EU charter takes aim at global food waste

Green Prophet

The European Charter against food waste was just presented at Milan Expo 2015, two weeks before the end of the six-month-long world’s fair. The project is raising awareness to chronic food waste said Rita Biconne, the project manager of Felcos Umbria, one of the plan’s promoters.

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The grass is always greener.

Green (Living) Review

This is a waste of money for any council in a time of supposed austerity and one can but assume that anyone in the council could have conducted the same kind of research for much less in a couple of days than employing an outside consultancy firm.

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The Zero Waste Solution: Untrashing the Planet One Community at a Time – Book Review

Green (Living) Review

" ~ Jeremy Irons, actor; executive producer of Trashed Waste is something we make every day, but we rarely give it much thought. That is changing, though, as emerging programs around the globe show many ways in which a community can achieve zero-waste status.

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US Congress wastes thousands on bottled water

Green (Living) Review

Congress wasting thousands of dollars in taxpayers' money on bottled water that harms our environment by Michael Smith (Veshengro) During and after the State of the Union recently, President Obama and Congressional Republicans waxed poetic about the need to cut wasteful spending in Washington. Besides being a waste of money, bottled water is terrible for the environment: The energy needed to produce the plastic consumption is enough to fuel three million cars for a year.

BOGOFs don't cause food waste, says report

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The idea that supermarket special-offers cause a large amount of food waste has been exposed as a myth by a new, Government-backed report. The BRC says the debate about food waste should focus on helping households to reduce the amount they throw away rather than blaming retail practices. The report builds on recent figures published by WRAP showing a 13% decrease in household food waste over the past three years.

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Zero Waste World

The Green Changemakers

WHAT IS ZERO WASTE? Zero waste means setting a new goal for how we live in the world – one that aims to reduce what we trash in landfills and incinerators to zero – and to rebuild our local economies in support of community health, sustainability, and justice. Waste-management

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Ricardo and Recycling Technologies to characterise plastic waste derived clean fuel

Green (Living) Review

• Recycling Technologies’ highly innovative PlaxxTM fuel is created from residual mixed plastic waste that is not amenable to direct recycling and would otherwise go to landfill.

Making Food Waste Recycling Easy & Convenient is Key

Environmental News Network

There is no question that food waste is a monumental environmental problem and recycling food waste would make a significant dent in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The barrier to food waste recycling isn’t so much about people’s willingness to compost.

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Waste not want not: Sweden to give tax breaks for repairs

Green (Living) Review

It is hoped by the Swedish government that the tax break on appliances will spur the creation of a new home-repairs service industry, providing much-needed jobs for new immigrants who lack formal education.

Sustrans' response to government transport spending announcements

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Commenting on the British coalition government's announcements on June 10, 2010 surrounding transport spending, Jason Torrance, Policy Manager for sustainable transport charity Sustrans says: “As scrutiny on public spending is intensified we believe it is more important than ever that investment is focused on interventions that deliver high value for money, and benefits across Government.

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Council Christmas lights waste

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) London/Copenhagen, December 2009: While the representatives of our governments talk about CO2 emissions and such like at the COP15 in Copenhagen, Denmark and are trying to teach Third World countries about reducing emissions at home local authorities waste valuable energy and cause serious emissions by having those, in my opinion, stupid Christmas lights blinking away all over the place from about November onwards.

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Illegal EU waste shipments on the rise

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith Illegal shipments of hazardous waste from European countries are increasing and are putting the environment and human health in developing countries at risk, so a new report warns. European Environment Agency report “Waste Without Borders in the EU”, published in March 2009, says statistical data from member states "show a growing number of illegal shipments". The report also examines legal waste shipments from EU states to other EU and non-EU countries.

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Reducing food waste at home

Green (Living) Review

That, however, is the amount that the average family in Britain wastes each month on food that never gets eaten, probably more in the USA, but I am not sure about that. Somehow, knowing the way a great number of people are in the UK Britain may be the food waste capital of the world, so to speak. What an awful waste! Some of the government places create the greatest amount of waste, and not just in food.

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BiogenGreenfinch food waste plant gets green light in Hertfordshire

Green (Living) Review

The 45,000 tonne per year facility will process food waste from retailers, manufacturers and households to produce renewable electricity for up to 3,600 homes and a bio-fertiliser for nearby farmland. We look forward to working with local food waste producers on this exciting project.”

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