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July 18th, 2012:

Environment: $1 million Government Boost for Recycling Projects


amount of rubbish going into landfills, under the latest round of the Waste Minimisation Fund.

“These projects will make a significant difference to our environment by encouraging individuals and businesses to reduce, reuse and recycle rather than putting their waste straight into the rubbish,” Ms Adams says.

Funding recipients include the Glass Packaging Forum, which will introduce a public place recycling programme.

The Forum receives $200,000 to install 190 permanent recycling bins at garage forecourts, shopping malls, retail outlets and other public buildings around the country. The bins will be serviced by the private sector.

CID Resource Recycling receives $370,000 to create a facility in Auckland that will sort both treated and untreated waste wood and process it into material that can be used as bio fuel.

The Kaikoura Enhancement Trust will use $52,000 to design and build a glass-sorting facility, which will turn about 425 tonnes of glass into glass products each year.

RVP Resource Group will receive $67,000 to set up a project that collects food waste from businesses for composting, increase public awareness of the importance of composting and provide educational resources for schools.

“The grants announced today are examples of organisations working with their communities to develop ideas that will benefit the environment by reducing waste and recycling,” Ms Adams says.

For more information on how to apply for funding from the Waste Minimisation Fund go to:

This story originally appeared at: eGov monitor

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MEPs have accused a United Nations agency of “undermining” EU waste policy.

The attack comes in a letter signed by a group of deputies to the European commission and executive board of the ‘clean development mechanism’ (CDM).

The CDM is the UN agency in charge of regulating the international carbon market.

The MEPs, in the letter, say the agency is “falling down” in its job and demand that it stops issuing carbon credits to landfills and incinerators.

The letter is signed by a cross-party group of MEPs, including Andrea Zanoni, Kriton Arsenis, Sirpa Pietikainen, Carl Schlyter, Raül Romeva, Satu Hassi, Margrete Auken, Sabine Wils, Kartika Tamara Liotard and Martina Anderson.

The letter says, “The EU is currently financing, through the purchase of carbon credits, incinerators and landfills in developing countries that would be illegal in the EU.

“These waste disposal projects contradict and undermine Europe’s official priorities.”

These, it says, include waste reduction, reuse, recycling, limiting toxic emissions from incineration, diverting organic waste from landfills and minimising greenhouse gas emissions.

It goes on, “If proposed in Europe, these projects would breach the waste framework directive, the landfill directive and the incineration directive.”

The MEPs say parliament is “fully committed” to the resource efficiency ‘roadmap’, which aims to ensure that all materials are efficiently used, recycled or composted and residual waste is brought as close to zero as possible.

The commission and member states, it says, “should immediately halt all investment in CDM-backed incinerators and landfills in order to maintain the integrity of their own efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions”.

Comment came from Finnish EPP member Sirpa Pietikainen, one of the signatories to the letter, who said, “In the EU, we are trying to reduce waste disposal in landfills and incinerators to a minimum.

“Now the CDM is supporting landfills and incinerators which would be illegal if built in the EU – and we are paying for them.

“The EU buys carbon credits issued by the CDM to projects which claim to reduce climate emissions, but not all projects do.”

Italian ALDE member Andrea Zanoni, another signatory, said, “The CDM must stop issuing credits to counterproductive waste projects. Otherwise, parliament will be forced to cut off support.”

Mariel Vilella, climate change campaign director for the global alliance for incinerator alternatives (GAIA), said, “The CDM is supposed to find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“But incinerators and landfills actually increase emissions. What’s worse, they are displacing an informal recycling economy that employs millions of people.”

GAIA’s recently published report, ‘EU’s double standards on waste and climate policy,’ says that the CDM projects include incinerators that “lack adequate pollution controls and maximise, rather than minimise, the burning of recyclables”.

It also claims that the CDM scheme also include landfills that “deliberately increase emissions of greenhouse gases in order to receive credit for capturing them”.