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One Thousand Mayors for Zero Waste

20th May 2013, Padua, Italy

The European Forum “One Thousand Mayors for Zero Waste” will take place in the Italian city of Padua on the 20th of May 2013. The venue Teatro Verdi will host the event that is promoted by Nordesteuropa Editore and Last Minute Market together with the Municipality of Padua and the Municipality of Trieste. The one-day event constitutes the opening ceremony of “Green Week of Venetia”, and will to take place in several municipalities. The event will be an opportunity for debating ideas, sharing best practices, and working towards getting an acceptance of green economy values on large and wide scale.

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“One Thousand Mayors for Zero Waste” Forum aims to bring together one thousand Mayors from North-East Italy and neighbouring countries engaged on energy and food waste reduction programs in order to sign the “Charter for a Zero Waste”. The Charter is a declaration based on the European Parliament Resolution of 19th of January 2012 on “how to avoid food wastage: strategies for a more efficient food chain in the EU” and has been promoted through the campaign “A Year Against Waste”, launched by Last Minute Market, an academic spin-off of the University of Bologna.

The meeting, which seeks to facilitate discussion on waste issues and efficient management of waste, will benefit from the contribution of public authorities, enterprises and academics as they describe their past experiences, best practices and programs on waste prevention and limitation.

More information on the European Forum “One thousand mayors for zero waste” is available here.

European Green Capital Award and Waste Management

Two of the criteria examined by the European Green Capital judging panel are waste water treatment and waste production and management. Efficient, effective waste management and treatment is fundamental to a Green city. The city that is chosen as The European Green Capital will be a city that demonstrates a well-established record of achieving high environmental standards and is committed to achieving ongoing and ambitious goals for future environmental improvement and sustainable development.

The current European Green Capital Nantes has a well-functioning waste-management system, with only 11% of rubbish going to landfill – none of it biodegradable. Household waste production has fallen over the last 10 years or so. Recycling accounts for 35% of municipal waste disposal, and energy is recovered from incineration plants. Greater Nantes also takes part in national waste-prevention and recycling projects.

Nantes shows that it is eager to act as a role model

Nantes shows that it is eager to act as a role model

For more information about the European Green Capital Award click here: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/europeangreencapital/index_en.html

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