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Beyond Waste Prevention: towards the Circular Economy Conference

14th November 2013, Barcelona, Spain

The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management, better known as ACR+, will host the 11th Workshop on Waste Prevention international conference on 14th November 2013 in L’Auditori, Barcelona. The one-day event will give the attendants the opportunity to discuss the theme: “Beyond Waste Prevention: towards the Circular Economy”. This international conference is being organised by ACR+, the international network of cities and regions who share the aim of promoting smart resource consumption and sustainable management of municipal waste through prevention at source, reuse and recycling; and the Catalan Waste Agency (ARC).

14.11.13 11th Workshop on waste prevention

In order to give the latest trends in waste prevention, the conference will be addressed from the following three perspectives: future climate dimension, economical dimension and the transition towards a circular economy.

The programme includes relevant questions in these three topics, as well as keynote speakers and experts debating in order to give the attendants a broad outlook on the recent trends in waste prevention. The full programme is available here.

Waste Management and European Green Capital

The selection of the European Green Capital Award is based on 12 environmental indicator areas evaluated by an expert panel. Waste production and management is one of these indicators assessed, and Brussels, finalist of the European Green Capital Award 2015, received very good marks in this area.

The panel highlighted that Brussels has not only made good progress on reducing waste generation per capita (20% reduction since 2000) but its recycling levels have also been improved by the compulsory sorting of household waste which was introduced in 2010 (16% in 2000 to 31% in 2010). The capital of Europe has set a recycling target of 50% for 2020. The city had extended producer responsibility to cover oils and greases, tyres, medication and photographic waste, in addition to streams prescribed under EU Legislation.

For more information on the European Green Capital Award click here.

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