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Pioneering Italian Town Leads Europe in Waste Recycling
by Silvia GiannelliInter Press Service
September 25th, 2013
Capannori, a rural town in the Italian province of Lucca, in Tuscany, boasts a proud history. Six years ago, it became a trendsetter and leader, not just in Italy but throughout all of Europe, as the continent’s first Zero Waste town.
Incineration Versus Recycling: In Europe, A Debate Over Trash
by Nate SeltenricEnvironment 360
August 28th, 2013
Increasingly common in Europe, municipal “waste-to-energy” incinerators are being touted as a green trash-disposal alternative. But critics contend that these large-scale incinerators tend to discourage recycling and lead to greater waste.
Dumfries energy-from-waste Scotgen plant licence revoked
August 27th, 2013
The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (Sepa) is revoking the operating licence of a gasification energy-from-waste plant on the outskirts of Dumfries.

Press Releases
Zero waste is possible: New Case Studies Show 'Zero Waste' Success in Europe
September 4th, 2014
The Zero Waste Case Studies are the testimonies of the successful development and implementation of zero waste strategies in Europe. They are resounding proof that the time for burning and burying our waste is up. Zero waste systems create jobs, resilience, and justice, while saving money, protecting the environment, and promoting public health. These practical, bottom-up strategies provide some of the best decentralized urban solutions for reducing climate pollution and building just, grassroots solutions
PRESS RELEASE: More incineration than trash to burn threatens recycling in Europe
January 21st, 2013
A new study reveals that incinerators already operating in some EU states have the capacity to burn more than the non-recyclable waste generated. Still, industry is pushing to further expand incineration capacity in the European region.
GAIA Europe: Citizens Want Public Funding to Go for Community Recycling Solutions
In Europe actions took place in France, Italy, United Kingdom or Spain to denounce the lack of funding going to alternative sustainable practices and technologies whilst national and European public funding goes to subsidise the construction of incinerators and or reward the energy they produce. In the meantime no premium goes to energy savings from prevention, reuse or recycling.

Nature is a Model for Waste Management
In this interview by Deer Park Institute, Ravi Gulati of New Delhi, India, talks about the importance of viewing waste in the spirit of nature, where there is no waste and where all discards are used rather than hidden from view.
Acceptance Speech by Rossano Ercolini, 2013 Goldman Environmental Prize Winner
Rossano Ercolini was awarded the 2013 Goldman Envrionmental Prize for his leadership in a grassroots campaign educating Italian communities on the merits of zero waste. As a result of his efforts, 40 incinerators have been scrapped or shut down and 117 municipalities (home to more than 3 million residents) have joined his home town of Capannori in adopting a goal of zero waste.
GDA 2011: BCAG Holds Walk against Davyhulme Incinerator in UK
Protest walk against Davyhulme Incinerator was organized by the Breathe Clean Air Group (BCAG, UK). The activity is also part of the "2011 Global Day of Action Against Waste and Incineration."

2,000 March Against Incinerator in San Sebastian
At least 2,000 people march in the streets of San Sebastian in the Basque Region of Spain to protest against the construction of an incinerator.
EU Waste Framework Directive: End of the Road
On June 17, 2008, the European Parliament approved a weak, industry-friendly Waste Framework Directive.

GAIA and Allies in the News
European recovery funds to build incinerators
The European Economic Recovery Plan will invest in environmentally damaging projects, including 22 incinerators in Central and Eastern Europe.
EUROPE: European recovery funds to build incinerators
by Claudia CiobanuInterPress Service
13 May, 2009. Bucharest, Romania. The European Economic Recovery Plan devised by the European Commission last year to help deal with the financial crisis is likely to fast-track environmentally damaging projects in the new member states, including 22 municipal waste incinerators.
Court to quash Capel consent
UK Without Incineration Network
High Court to quash planning consents for a Mass Burn Incinerator at Clockhouse Brickworks, Capel The planning consents approved by Surrey County Council on 9 December 2008 for a mass burn incinerator at Clockhouse Brickworks, Capel are to be quashed following a hearing before Mr Justice Collins in the High Court on 28 and 29 January 2009.

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