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Over the past two decades, European countries have increasingly shifted their focus with regard to municipal waste from disposal methods to prevention and recycling. Moving municipal waste management up the ‘waste hierarchy’ is essential to extract more value from resources while reducing the pressures on the environment and creating jobs.

A new report by a research team at Cardiff University presents the results of an ESRC-funded project which examined the behavioural and attitudinal impacts of the English plastic bag charge, introduced in October 2015.

This implementation guide from Resource Efficient Scotland, a programme from Zero Waste Scotland, describes how organisations can effectively measure and monitor their use of energy, water and raw materials, in order to identify patterns of wasteful behaviour and opportunities to reduce resource use, improve environmental performance and save money.  It provides a clear five-step guide:

Next steps for waste and recycling policy in the UK

By Editor on 28th September 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 09:30 to 13:00

London

Timed to follow a year on from the introduction of the EU Circular Economy package of reforms, and in the context of the recent government ban on microbeads set for 2017, this seminar will discuss the next steps for implementing measures to improve resource efficiency and the future for the waste sector in the UK.  

Product Lifetimes and The Environment (PLATE) Seminar 2016

By Editor on 14th September 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:30

Nottingham

This timely event offers participants the opportunity to learn about and discuss the latest developments in product lifetime policy and practice, planned obsolescence, reuse and repair. Set within the context of growing EU interest in product lifetimes, confirmed speakers include Ferenc Pekar (European Commission), entrepreneur Tara Button (BuyMeOnce.com), Dr Carlos Montalvo (TNO, Netherlands) and Dr Ines Oehme (Federal Environment Agency, Germany).

Date and Time: 
Friday, September 16, 2016 - 10:00 to 16:30

Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham 

The PLATE seminar offers you the opportunity to find out about the latest developments in product lifetime policy and practice, planned obsolescence, reuse and repair set within the policy and civil contexts of the UK and EU.

Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 20, 2016 - 09:00 to 13:00

London

This study by researchers at Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, looked beyond the immediate benefit of beach cleaning on the local environment and examined the well-being, educational value and behavioural intentions of participants, compared with other coastal activities such as rock pooling or walking.  It found that the environment was perceived as less restorative when engaging in a beach clean but that the activity was more meaningful than the others. 

Date and Time: 
Monday, November 7, 2016 - 09:30 to Tuesday, November 8, 2016 - 17:45

University for the Creative Arts, Epsom

Organised by the Centre for Sustainable Design at UCA as part of the ‘Towards Sustainable Product Design’ series of conferences, this conference will provide a platform to discuss the opportunities and challenges related to Circular Economy innovation and design related to products, services, technologies and new business models.  The event will create a unique space for learning, networking and thinking.  Delegates will come globally from large companies and SMEs, as well as academia, government and non-governmental organisations. 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 11:00 to Friday, September 2, 2016 - 13:15

Ålesund, Norway

Circular Ocean’s first conference aims to bring together key stakeholders who are involved in striving towards a more circular economy in relation to fishing nets and ropes particularly. 

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