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15 April 2019

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ACR+ NEWS

01. ACR+ at the EU Green Week
02. Have you registered to ACR+ General Assembly yet?
03. BLUEISLANDS | Partners present new communications tools
04. EWWR | Meet the awards finalists in the lead up to the 15 May ceremony
05. New calls for LIFE programme proposals available on ACR+ Forum
 

MEMBERS' NEWS

06. Région Sud | Report provides updates on LIFE Integrated Project (IP) "Smart Waste"
07. Wasteserv | Malta Waste Reduction Awards 2019
08. AMB | Technical presentation on 11 April expounds on Barcelona’s new waste management programme
09. City of Zagreb | Zgogosi, Know how
 

MORE NEWS

10. EU – Commission publishes evaluation of the EU Batteries Directive
11. EU – Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life
12. Europe – Report identifies top 10 plastic pollutants in Europe’s rivers and lakes
13. World – Clues emerge in 'missing' ocean plastics conundrum
14. France – Contribution climat-solidarité : pour une taxe carbone intégralement redistribuée
15. France – Premier Contrat de transition écologique en outre-mer : le CTE du Territoire de la Côte Ouest de La Réunion
16. España – Empresa basca de gestión de residuos desarrolla aplicación web para mejorar la gestión de los residuos de construcción y demolición
 

MED CORNER

17. Turkey – Country to introduce its zero-waste project at the World Economic Forum
18. Algérie – Le pays consomme 7 mds de sacs en plastique/an qu'il ne recycle pas

ACR+ WEBINARS

PREVIOUS The presentations and recording of the URBAN-WASTE webinar, “Quantifying the environmental impact of waste management practices in tourism", are available on the project's website.

ACR+ NEWS

01. ACR+ at the EU Green Week  

As an ongoing supporter of the EU Green Week, ACR+ is honoured to have been invited to become an official Associate of the initiative. This recognition from the organisers is very important for us, as we are highly involved in the organisation of several EU Green Week conferences and side events:

 
ACR+ members and partners will also be very present during the week:

 A complete overview of our participation in the initiative will soon be made available on our website. If you see us at one of the abovementioned events, come say hello! 

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02. Have you registered to ACR+ General Assembly yet?  

The ACR+ General Assembly is fast approaching! This year, the event will be hosted by our member the East Midlands Waste Region Management Office (EMWRMO) in Dublin between 12 and 14 June 2019.
 
The 3-day event will feature interesting discussions about the past, but also mostly the future of ACR+. This is a unique occasion for network members to meet in one place and exchange views and experiences about collaboration opportunities and to potentially form new partnerships.
 
The ACR+ Secretariat team is preparing exciting activities for the event, as it will also mark the beginning of the celebrations for our 25th anniversary.
 
You have until 31 May 2019 to register here. We hope to see as many of our members as possible in Dublin!

03. BLUEISLANDS | Partners present new communications tools

From 9 to 10 April 2019, the BLUEISLANDS project partners met in Mykonos, Greece, to overview the status of the project and to plan the next steps ahead. With the studying phase approaching its end, the consortium is now preparing to launch pilot activities in islands aimed at developing measures to mitigate the seasonal variations of waste as a consequence of tourism.
 
Two newly released communication tools were launched during the event. Those were a factsheet and a video explaining the methodology of the project and describing its three phases: studying, testing and transferring. The tools will help you to become better acquainted with BLUEISLANDS’ ongoing activities.
 
Stay tuned for more news about BLUEISLANDS by following it on Facebook.

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04. EWWR | Meet the awards finalists in the lead up to the 15 May ceremony

The countdown to the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) Awards 2018 ceremony has begun and the EWWR Secretariat has been hard at work to make it as interesting and inviting as possible for the volunteers – the national coordinators and action developers – that invested their time, energy and passion in promoting waste reduction last autumn.
 
On 1 April 2019, the EWWR jury selected the 16 most impactful of the no fewer than 14,300 actions carried out as part of EWWR 2018 last November. In the lead up to the awards ceremony, we will introduce them to you one by one through short interviews published on the EWWR website. Follow us on social media (Facebook and Twitter) in the coming weeks to learn more about our inspiring finalists!

05. New calls for LIFE programme proposals available on ACR+ Forum

The EU Life programme has updated its Call for proposals page with new calls for both integrated projects and technical assistance projects under the sub-programmes Environment and Climate action.
 
These calls will allow proposal submission until 5 September 2019 (for the integrated projects) and until 12 June 2019 (for the technical assistance projects).
 
The complete list is available on the ACR+ forum!

We encourage you to inform us by email at info@acrplus.org  if you are applying for LIFE funding for your projects.

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MEMBERS' NEWS

06. Région Sud | Report provides updates on LIFE Integrated Project (IP) "Smart Waste"

On 9 April 2019, ACR+ member Région Sud published a progress report for 2018, workshop reviews, and action factsheets about their Life Smart Waste project.  
 
The progress report covers the 2018 calendar year and notes that the project has been advancing in an encouraging manner. Thus, 73 actions representing more than 50% of the planned actions had been initiated as of December 2018. During the year, the partners focused on strengthening and adapting equipment to improve the waste recovery rate, the report adds.  
 
Among the activities carried out in the region were six thematic workshops, which brought together more than 200 participants. The summaries of the last two workshops are available online. They cover the topics of  designing public spaces to improve waste selection and the implementation of the Ecowaste4food project.  
 
Région Sud has also published individual actions factsheets, which assess actions implemented all around the region. These actions concern the issues of recycling, composting and of the upgrading of two waste collection in Collobrières and in Tourrettes.

07. Wasteserv | Malta Waste Reduction Awards 2019 

On 3 April 2019, ACR+ member Wasteserv hosted the fifth edition of the Malta Waste Reduction Awards. The initiative, which is part of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR), saw the organisation of 134 actions meant to tackle overconsumption and waste between 17 and 25 November 2018.
 
During his opening speech at the event, Mr. David Borg, Wasteserv’s Chairman, pointed out that the actions carried out were innovative and that they were necessary in raising awareness about hazardous waste, the 2018 theme of the EWWR.
 
The initiatives were assessed based on the following criteria: innovation and creativity, methods of communications used, the number of people reached and the long-term impact of the action. The five winners all received grants in recognition of their efforts.
 
Source: www.wasteservmalta.com

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08. AMB | Technical presentation on 11 April expounds on Barcelona’s new waste management programme

On 11 April 2019, ACR+ member Area Metropolitana Barcelona (AMB) presented the new Metropolitan program for waste prevention and municipal resources and waste management 2017-2025 (PREMET25) in a public consultation.
 
The new programme concerns waste management not just in Barcelona proper, but also in 36 adjacent municipalities. Its signatories include the Government of the Generalitat of Catalonia through ACR+ member the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC) and 36 metropolitan city councils. 
 
The pact is highly important for the stakeholders involved, as it will ensure that the Barcelona metropolitan area is compliant with the EU-wide waste recycling targets of 55% by 2025 and 60% by 2030. To learn more about it, please read our earlier article on this topic.

09. City of Zagreb | Zgogosi, Know how

On 8 April 2019, ACR+ member the City of Zagreb announced its support for an educational and entertainment programme for kindergartners and their parents. Taking place on16 April, the event will feature waste separation tanks in the shape of animals with the aim of encouraging children to sort their waste.
 
The goal of the project is to acquaint students from schools and kindergartens, as well as the wider public, with the continued implementation of the Action Plan on Sustainable Waste Management of the City of Zagreb 2018-2021. Additionally, the initiative has an educational component – that of teaching participants to be responsible in their behaviour towards nature. 
 
Source: www.zagreb.hr (in Croatian)

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MORE NEWS

10. EU – Commission publishes evaluation of the EU Batteries Directive

The European Commission has completed the evaluation of the Batteries Directive, which is the only piece of EU legislation entirely dedicated to batteries. The evaluation report was published on 3 April 2019.
 
It concludes that the Directive has delivered positive results in terms of a better environment, the promotion of recycling and better functioning of the internal market for batteries and recycled materials. However, limitations in some legal provisions or their implementation have prevented the Directive from fully delivering on its objectives. This is particularly true with regards to the collection of waste batteries and the efficiency of the material recovery efforts.
 
The evaluation has contributed to the preparation of the Commission Report on the Implementation of the Batteries Directive and is also part of a process that could lead to the revision of the Directive.
 
Source: https://ec.europa.eu

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11. EU – Environmental Implementation Review: Commission helps Member States to better apply EU environment rules to protect citizens and enhance their quality of life

On 5 April 2019, the European Commission published the second Environmental Implementation Review (EIR). The report is part of an initiative launched in 2016 to improve the implementation of European environmental policy and commonly agreed rules in all EU Member States.
 
The second review concludes that, while overall the policy framework for the circular economy has been strengthened, waste prevention remains an important challenge for all Member States. On waste management, nine countries are on track and five have already reached their recycling targets, but 14 are at risk of missing the 2020 municipal waste recycling target. Sound and efficient waste management systems are an essential building block of the circular economy.
 
Source: http://europa.eu

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12. Europe – Report identifies top 10 plastic pollutants in Europe’s rivers and lakes

A new report by Earthwatch Europe and Plastic Oceans UK identifies the top 10 types of consumer plastics polluting European freshwater lakes and rivers
 
Published on 8 April 2019, the Plastic Rivers report analyses data from nine studies of freshwater sources across the UK and Europe. It ranks the types of macro-plastic by prevalence, focusing on consumer items and excluding items relating to fishing, agriculture and industry. Plastic bottles are the biggest contributor to freshwater plastic pollution, followed by food wrappers and cigarette butts. The list also includes sanitary items, takeaway containers, plastic cups, straws, stirrers, cutlery and plastic bags.
 
Source: https://waste-management-world.com

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13. World – Clues emerge in 'missing' ocean plastics conundrum

An international team of researchers believe they may be closer to determining where the Earth's "missing plastics" end up, following an unprecedented global effort to track and draw down one of the most polluting materials ever invented.
 
Of the between 4-12 million tonnes that enter the oceans each year, just 250 thousand tonnes are thought to stay at the surface. More than 99% of plastics that have been dumped at sea over recent decades are currently unaccounted for. A computer model developed by this group showed that there are significant build ups at depths of thousands of metres. Much of the plastic ends up on the seabed - as researchers outlined earlier.
 
These results were presented on 9 April 2019 during the European Geosciences Union General Assembly, which was held in Austria between 7 and 12 April.
 
Source: www.timesofmalta.com

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14. France - Contribution climat-solidarité : pour une taxe carbone intégralement redistribuée

La taxe carbone consiste à intégrer dans le prix des énergies fossiles leur coût environnemental. Cela ne doit cependant pas rendre inégalitaire la transition écologique. Dans son Avis sur la contribution climat-solidarité publié le 9 avril, l’ADEME recommande que cette taxe soit entièrement reversée aux ménages, aux entreprises et aux collectivités. Cette redistribution doit viser en priorité les ménages modestes, et prendre en compte leur situation (localisation géographique, type d'équipements).

À la manière d’une « Contribution climat-solidarité », des dispositifs de redistribution directe permettraient de compenser la hausse des prix pour les consommateurs : crédit d’impôt, baisse des cotisations sociales, subventions, etc. La taxe carbone deviendrait alors un outil pour réduire les émissions de CO2 et doper la croissance économique tout en réduisant les inégalités sociales.
 
Source : www.ademe.fr

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15. France – Premier Contrat de transition écologique en outre-mer : le CTE du Territoire de la Côte Ouest de La Réunion

Issu de la démarche contractuelle initiée par le ministère de la transition écologique et solidaire au service des territoires ambitieux et volontaires en matière de transition écologique, ce contrat de transition écologique (CTE) est le premier à être signé pour les territoires d’outre-mer. Le TCO, communauté d’agglomération située à l’ouest de La Réunion regroupant cinq communes (Le Port, La Possession, Saint-Paul, Saint-Leu et Trois-Bassins), a rejoint la phase expérimentale du dispositif dès l’été 2018.  
 
Signé le 9 avril avec le président du TCO, les présidents des Conseils régional et départemental, et le préfet de La Réunion, ce contrat engage le TCO, la Région Réunion, le Département de La Réunion et l’État ainsi que ses opérateurs, l’ADEME, la CDC-Banque des Territoires, l’AFD et BPI France, jusqu’en décembre 2022. Le CTE porte sur 29 actions ayant comme fil rouge une transition écologique bioclimatique pour ce premier territoire tropical. Ces actions pourront être associées à d’autres projets concourant aux mêmes objectifs.
 
Source : www.ecologique-solidaire.gouv.fr

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16. España – Empresa basca de gestión de residuos desarrolla aplicación web para mejorar la gestión de los residuos de construcción y demolición

Ihobe, la empresa pública de gestión de residuos municipales del gobierno basco, ha diseñado la aplicación web ‘EEH Aurrezten’, cuyo propósito es mejorar la gestión de los residuos de construcción y demolición.
 
La herramienta facilita la cuantificación y monitorización de dichos residuos tanto para las empresas productors, como para las entidades que los procesan y gestionan (entidades poseedoras) y para los ayuntamientos y colegios oficiales.
 
Fuente: www.ihobe.eus

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17. Turkey – Country to introduce its zero-waste project at the World Economic Forum

On 6 and 7 April 2019, Turkey's first lady introduced the Turkish Zero-Waste Project at a World Economic Forum (WEF) panel in Jordan. The national project aims to reduce the volume of non-recyclable waste. It is also marked in the Environmental Performance Review Report of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. 
 
More than 1,000 government, business and civil society leaders from over 50 countries participated in the meeting. The 2019 WEF meeting - held under the theme of “Building New Platforms of Cooperation”, focused on shaping a new economic and social model for the region and environmental stewardship in the Arab world.
 
Source: www.hurriyetdailynews.com

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18. Algérie – Le pays consomme 7 mds de sacs en plastique/an qu'il ne recycle pas

L’énorme décharge sauvage enlaidissant la forêt de Tizgui, a été éradiquée. En effet, une Case a été dépêchée pour évacuer les ordures et élargir la route, qui a été sensiblement rétrécie à cause du débordement de détritus et de déchets hétéroclites sur la chaussée.
 
Seulement, les déchets ne sont pas évacués vers une déchetterie ou incinérés. Ils ont seulement été arasés à quelques lieues de là. Par ailleurs, les actes d’incivisme sont déjà de retour, en témoignent de nombreux sacs d’ordures jetés sur les abords de la route par les automobiles. Du coup, la décharge commence à renaître petit à petit. Un retour à la case départ, car les associations et les comités de villages s’étaient déjà mobilisés il y a un peu moins de deux ans pour nettoyer ce point noir.
 
Source : www.aps.dz

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