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Waste prevention lessons shared

A Europe-wide project on waste prevention has created tools and guidance for local authorities to cut waste before it happens.

The ‘Pre-Waste’ project has published a methodology for local waste prevention practices, almost 30 case studies, and an online tool to measure the success of such efforts.

The aim of the three-year project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, is to share knowledge of strategies on a regional level.

The project said on its website: “Waste prevention is not necessarily easy to implement, due to the lack of knowledge about what strategies are efficient, [and] difficulty to assess the results of a prevention action.”

The project had 10 European partners, teaming up poorly performing member states such as Italy and Romania, with high achievers Sweden, France and Finland (See EU waste management performance table).

Some of the best practice case studies include: the Love Food Hate Waste in London, a French town’s ‘travelling books’ campaign for book reuse, and a no-junk mail sticker from Brussels.

According to a statement released at the close of the project: “There is no doubt about the usefulness of these tools [created by Pre-Waste] for cities and regions, in particular in view of the obligation for European Member States to adopt waste prevention programmes by the end of 2013 - national programmes that will eventually find a concrete transposition and implementation in local and regional waste prevention programmes.”

The revised Waste Framework Directive (rWFD) requires member states of the EU to prioritise the prevention of waste under the waste hierarchy.

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