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Looking for summer reading? We have summarized our latest publications, allowing you to revisit our latest steps in our zero waste journey.

Summer is the best time to relax and solve those important problems that you don’t have time to solve...not yet! Therefore, to help you keep up with the progress, we have summarized the major publications of the last six months, allowing you to revisit the latest steps in our zero waste journey.

The sluggish start of 2019 tells the tragic story of the hidden costs of incineration. Although some islands continue to set ambitious waste reduction and recycling targets, waste incineration may slow them down. This is exactly what happened at the waste incineration power plants in Madeira and the Azores. Since the two incinerators need to continuously input waste to operate normally, these areas have to burn most of the municipal solid waste, which proves how incineration can turn the island’s dream of zero waste into a waste management nightmare. Discover more in our case study.

In February, following the update of the European Commission’s Waste Framework Directive, the Commission established a new and broader definition of food waste. In response, we issued a policy brief that contains our secrets to prevent food waste: a clear strategy to tackle food waste. Due to the adoption of a new and unique waste hierarchy, every step of the food chain is taken into account, from crop to compost.

At the same time, the first few months of 2019 also allowed us to reflect more on the products we use in our daily lives. Because we want them to be durable, repairable, recyclable and non-toxic; we call on European policy makers to reconsider EU product policies and improve product design in the context of circularity. Read the policy brief and our maintenance instructions to understand the true circular economy.

In March, we collaborated with Eunomia to release a report that assessed the residual waste disposal capacity of 14 countries that may not be able to achieve the 2020 reuse and recycling goals. The report shows that countries that have not over-invested in residual waste treatment have a unique opportunity to increase reuse and recycling ambitions and exceed their circular economy goals. The publication includes recommendations for developing a waste management system based on a circular economy. continue reading.

For the same reason, a month later, we delved into the details through a study that aimed to determine how to measure waste prevention and what are the most useful policies for minimizing waste generation in different sectors (please refer to the full study Here). In addition, we also call on the European Parliament to ensure that EU funds extend the use of fossil fuels to renewable energy and energy conservation.

In early 2019, we also released the first practical guide. In fact, we have released the latest Fertile Auro Community Composting Guide, which compiles data, regulatory frameworks and challenges for existing community composting plants, and aims to foster good practices and recommend future implementation (download the guide).

We have also published Chapter 4 and Chapter 5 of the new series of case studies "Zero Waste Consumption and Production"; Zero Waste Europe showcases the transformational initiatives from cities, companies and individuals that are challenging and transforming current business models. In order to achieve more sustainable resource utilization. In fact, the story of Repack tells us how zero waste and online shopping work together. Repack is a closed-loop system that can reduce e-commerce packaging by 96% while providing the same consumer experience as disposable packaging. Similarly, PHENIX’s story reports how PHENIX saved 30,000 tons of food and distributed 60 million meals in France in 5 years, proving that efforts to reduce food waste can be tracked, making the goal of reducing food waste executable.

In short, from a policy perspective, this semester ended with two victories.

In May of this year, the European Union formally approved a pioneering legislation restricting single-use plastic products. No, this is not just a ban on straws. Our production and consumption activist Larissa Copello (Larissa Copello) wrote a paper outlining the directive and all our recommendations for effective implementation at the national level.

Then, in June, the European Union revised its Renewable Energy Directive (RED) to develop a common framework for the promotion of renewable energy sources. Therefore, we have issued a document that provides a method to guide member states to implement this method in accordance with the circular economy.

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