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Making 2020 Zero Waste Work – Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future

July 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Following on from my previous blog post regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative, (please see website link 1 below), an update was given at Coventry’s Friends of the Earth meeting yesterday.

The ‘Making 2020 Zero Waste Work- Achieving a low carbon resource efficient future’ conference will be held on Friday 9 September 2011 at St. Mary’s Guildhall in Coventry.

Starting from 9.00am, there will be a number of speakers and workshops on waste review and best practice examples.

For full details of the programme, please visit the website for more information (please see website link 2 below).


Previous blog regarding the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative
2. Programme Information

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Date created: 22 July 2011 10.40am

Waste statistics – recycle plastic and food waste

May 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Three volunteers from Coventry Friends of the Earth surveyed 100 people to ask for their thoughts on recycling and packaging.

I was told the feedback results from all 100 people showed 90% want to be able to recycle more types of plastic and 84% want kerbside collections of food waste.

Danny, of Coventry Friends of the Earth, said: “If the government helped councils to improve services and worked with businesses to make products longer lasting and easier to recycle, we could send much less rubbish to the incinerator. Recycling waste is not only more environmentally friendly, it’s also more cost-effective”.

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Date created: 25 May 2011 7.50pm

The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative

January 7, 2011 1 comment

At the last Coventry Friends of the Earth meeting, which was held in November 2010, an update on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative was given.

“The 2020 Zero Waste Initiative began in October 1999 at a public meeting organised by CRACIN (Coalition for Recycling and Against Coventry Incinerator) to discuss greener low carbon alternatives to the proposed giant waste incinerator. Coventry’s Director of City Development, John McGuigan, set the meeting the challenge of finding a long-term solution in waste which would be both economically and environmentally viable.

Over the last year, the ‘2020 Zero Waste Initiative’ has begun to take shape.  It has drawn people together from the main areas involved or interested in developing ‘waste’ as a resource.  Over a hundred people have attended meetings and have come from public bodies such as WRAP and DEFRA, local business and commerce, environment and recycling groups, Garden Organic, councillors and officers, community groups, professional bodies and from our two universities.

There have been three meetings over the last year. The first two were addressed by the leading speakers on Zero Waste, both international and national, Professor Paul Connett and Peter Jones OBE respectively.  The third meeting was organised by the ‘Building Research and Innovative Networks’ (BRAIN) Dept at Coventry University.

There could now be scope for Coventry to become an exemplar in Zero Waste at a National level.  The Government Waste Review has as its central aim; to put a ‘zero waste economy’ at the centre of sustainability, ‘for environmental protection’, economic renewal and addressing climate change as well as for wider social involvement, localism and the ‘big society’. Our submission to this Review has resulted in an invitation to discuss the project further with Defra.”

I will be providing further updates when there are more developments on the 2020 Zero Waste Initiative.

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Date created: 7 January 2011 12.30pm

The pathway to a low carbon sustainable economy

September 8, 2010 Leave a comment

I attended a workshop today which was run by National Industrial Symbiosis Programme. (NISP)

The main topic covered was how waste can be reused or recycled, not just from IT equipment – food, sand, bricks, and also making use of free storage places in some properties which are vacant.

There were a mix of people who attended from different business sectors.

We were given an exercise and we all managed to help each other out.

Some people wanted to know where they could dispose different types of waste items, and others actually wanted particular waste items.

Between us we all left with some information to help each other recycle old waste. We were split into groups and NISP facilitated discussions amongst us, which basically identified opportunities to create value to any wasted resource.

Overall, I enjoyed the morning workshop. It was good to see that NISP helps bring together different businesses and stop items going to landfill.

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Date created: 8 September 2010 6.00pm

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