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New waste prevention initiatives in Europe

Separating waste - A topical issue in the Alps © Archiv CIPRA 2004

The City of Vienna has set up "Scarabeo 2004", the first ever European Youth Competition on Waste Prevention and Separation. Until May 15 young people from more than forty countries can submit projects on ways of preventing and separating waste.
The projects are to be long term and transferable. For applications: www.scarabeo2004.net (de/fr/it/en/sp)
Two new web sites have recently gone online featuring information from all over Europe on the issue of waste. The European Topic Centre on Waste and Material Flows provides an online database at http://waste.eionet.eu.int/wastebase/prevention (en) with around 90 initiatives for waste prevention from 14 countries (including Germany, Italy and Austria). www.wastesolutions.org (en) for its part has advice, information and tools for implementing sustainable waste management and a forum for posting projects.
The Autonomous Province of Bolzano/I recently kicked off its own initiative entitled "Less is More". Eight projects are part of the campaign for waste prevention aimed at consumers and manufacturers. Project examples: Online second-hand exchange mart, the use of recycled paper and toners and separated waste collection in public offices, the use of recycled paper in schools, awareness-raising events for pupils, mobile wash-up service for festivals, environmental quality seal for the food trade, vouchers for washable nappies. Information: www.provinz.bz.it/trend (de)
One year after introducing waste separation in households the Italian province of Turin is able to report favourably on the results: In some municipalities the share of separately collected waste is over 50%, compared with around 20% in some cases one year ago. Source: Provincia Torino 20.02.2004
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