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2014-09-28

10th International conference ‘BIODEGRADABLE WASTES’

15th-17th October 2014, Náměšť nad Oslavou, CZ

Biodegradable material is very actual issue of concern, especially in view of the realisation of the National Waste Management Plan of the Czech Republic. This year’s 10th International Conference  is dealing with food waste prevention, planning tools and methods for the entire cycle of biowaste management in rural and urban environments, European and national funding opportunities, examples of good practice and techniques including the application of output products from biowaste treatment, and other actual topics.
The “Days of techniques and technologies” in September and October will be an integrative part of the conference. Here successful implementation projects will be demonstrated as well as the key aims of the Czech waste management strategies.
Under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, the Ministry of the Environment and the Ministry of Industry and Trade (Czech Republic) and also under the patronage of the President of the Regional Council of Vysočina, Jiří Běhounek, M.D. and the Rector of the Mendel University, Prof. Dr. Ladislav Havel, CSc.
Organised by ZERA – Zemědělská a ekologická regionální agentura, o.s.
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2014-08-17

FEED THE SOIL!

24th Annual National Compost Conference of Compost Council of Canada

September 22-24, 2014, Halifax,

The Compost Council of Canada’s 24th Annual Conference will be the premier conference in Canada in 2014 for those involved or interested in becoming involved in the organics recycling and compost utilization field. The conference annually provides attendees with a prime array of opportunities to gather the latest, most up-to-date information on compost initiatives and programs, developments in technology, processing and equipment, marketing and applied research. Just as important, the Conference provides the ideal venue to meet and network with others in the Canadian and international organics recycling industry.

The programme is available here: http://www.compost.org/English/PDF/2014_CCC_National_Conference_Agenda_ENG.pdf

More Information about the Canadian Compost Council here: http://www.compost.org/English/ENGLISH_INDEX.htm

 
2014-07-06

Towards a Circular Economy: A zero waste programme for Europe

On the 2 July 2014 the Commission adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States. The proposals ask Europeans to recycle 70 % of municipal waste and 80 % of packaging waste by 2030, and ban burying recyclable waste in landfill as of 2025. A target is also included for reducing marine litter along with food waste reduction objectives. Separate collection of bio-waste shall become mandatory in all Member States by 2025!

The European Commission adopted the Communication “Towards a circular economy: a zero waste programme for Europe” and annex to establish a common and coherent EU framework to promote the circular economy.

Proposal for the revision of waste related targets
As part of the circular economy package, the Commission also adopted a legislative proposal to review recycling and other waste-related targets in the EU and annex.
The legislative proposal refer mainly to review the revision process of recycling and other waste-related targets in the EU Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC, the Landfill Directive 1999//31/EC and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC.

The full article about the EU Circular Economy Package is included in the ECN News 02_2014.

 
2014-06-23

New report from ACR+: Management options for different composting strategies

Bio-waste has so far been managed by very different policies in European countries, ranging from little to no action in some to very ambitious actions in others. Existing legislative instruments at re- gional/national level, if existing at all, have not yet reached the intended objectives.
The ACR+ report aims to highlight the different possible composting strategies that can be considered by local authorities and other public/ private stakeholders dealing with bio-waste.
The information is presented in an easy, accessible way and is meant to provide best available bio-waste composting strategies. This publication is of particular interest for those countries that are still heavily reliant on landfilling of bio-waste.

The report is available in English and can be downloaded (for ACR+ members free of charge) here.
Non-members can order the report at the ACR+ secretariat: info@acrplus.org.

 

New Statistics on Municipal Waste Management in EU28

On the 25 March 2014, EUROSTAT published updated statistics on the management of municipal waste in 2012. The data shows that 42 % of treated municipal waste was recycled or composted in the EU28.

Furthermore, 492 kg of municipal waste was generated per person, while 480 kg of municipal waste was treated per person. This municipal waste was treated in different ways; 34% was landfilled, 24 % incinerated, 27% recycled and 15% composted.

More than 50% of the overall municipal waste recycled or composted in the EU28 was in Germany, Austria and Belgium. The treatment methods differ substantially between Member States.

The full news release from Eurostat can be downloaded here.

 
2014-06-02

Annual Meeting 2014

The ECN Annual Meeting 2014 will be held on the 27th June 2014 in Gödöllö (Hungary). The Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place between 16:00 and 19:00 h in the Knowledge Transfer Center of the Szent István University followed by a common ECN dinner in Gödöllö.
The agenda (A1_Agenda ECN Annual meeting_2014), the proxy voting form (A2_Vote for proxy 2014) and a registration form for your participation (A3_Registration Annual Meeting) can be downloaded in the Member area.

This year our Annual Meeting will be connected to the 9th International Scientific Conference ORBIT 2014. ORBIT 2014 will be held on the 26th to 28th June 2014 and is organised by the Hungarian Quality Compost Association, the Szent István University and the European Compost Network.

During the ORBIT2014 several ECN events are scheduled:

26 June 09:00 h to 10:30 h ECN WG5 ‘Eastern and starting Countries in biological waste management’
27 June 09:00 h to 11:00 h ECN WG3 ‘Integrated Waste Management’
27 June 16:00 h to 19:00 h ECN Annual meeting 2014
 
2014-03-04

Podcast series from Compostory.org

Mail-AnhangCompostory.org is dedicated to packaging an unprecedented online learning platform for local governments, agriculture and businesses in effort to bring their influencers up to speed on the subject matter.

The Organic Stream is a weekly podcast series where experts and key figures in the recycling sphere share stories from the field. A new episode of the audio podcast series  ‘The Organic Stream’ is released in which an expert (E. Favoino) talks about the separate collection program currently being rolled out in Milan for organics. Here are the links:

 

 
2013-11-13

9th International Scientific Conference ORBIT 2014.com

„New challenges, new responses in the 21st Century”

in Gödöllő, Hungary, 26-28, June, 2014.

The conference is organized by Szent István University (Gödöllő) and the Hungarian Quality Compost Association in co-operation with the European Compost Network e.V. (ECN). It aims to encompass several aspects and offer opportunity to explore many current and relevant issues of organic resources and biological treatment, included compost, biochar, digestate sciences and applications. It provides an interactive forum for exchange of ideas and joint discussions on recent scientific and practical results and current issues related to technological processes, analysis and characterization, sustainable uses and certification, regulation and marketing aspects.

The preliminary detailed programme can be downloaded here.

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2013-09-06

ECN/PIGO Biowaste Seminar ‘Implementation of Organic Waste Management in Europe – EU policy strategies and national developments’

In co-operation with the Polish Waste Management Association ‘PIGO’  the ECN/PIGO Biowaste Seminar 2013 ‘Implementation of Organic Waste Management in Europe – EU policy strategies an national developments’ was held on the 8th October 2013 in Poznan, Polen.

The seminar was kindly sponsored by the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety and supported by DG Environment of the EU Commission.

65 people from the following countries attended the workshop:

Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Italy, Norway, Poland, Romania, Spain.

 

Please find the final programme and the presentations for download here.

 

 
2013-07-17

Memorandum on Bio-waste Management sent to EU Commissioner Janez Potočnik

130710_ECN_MemorandumThe European Compost Network ECN together with the European Environmental Bureau EEB has been calling for urgent actions by the EU Commission to settle regulatory measures to support effectively sustainable Bio-waste Management in all European Member States. ECN and EEB sent a ‘Memorandum on Bio-waste’ to the EU Commissioner Janez Potočnik for asking to strengthen the work of the EU Commission to develop a consistent strategy and policy framework for the management of bio-waste in Europe.

The ECN/EEB ‘Memorandum on bio-waste’ could be downloaded here.

 
2013-07-01

ECN Good Practice Guide on ABPR Published

20130627_abpr_guide_deckblatt-001ECN has published a Good Practice Guide on ‘How to Comply with the EU Animal By-Products Regulations at Composting and Anaerobic Digestion Plants’. Written by Florian Amlinger and Line Diana Blytt, and edited by Dr Jane Gilbert and Dr Stefanie Siebert, it sets out the key provisions required at composting and anaerobic digestion plants, describing how the Regulation can be proportionately and accurately implemented.

The Guide is aimed at plant operators, consultants, providers of technology and authorities, providing information and guidance, and is intended to make it easier to comprehend the structure and content of the specific obligations. It also sets out possible relaxations and exemptions for the processing of animal by-products in composting and anaerobic digestion plants, without increasing risks to animal or public health or the environment. Details of some of the ways in which selected Member States have implemented the ABPR for composting and anaerobic digestion and to what extent they have made use of the possibility to apply national rules for certain animal by-products, are detailed in the appendices.

A copy of the Guide can be obtained from the member’s part of the ECN website or can be ordered by sending an email to info@compostnetwork.info.

 
2013-06-24

IPT2013

3rd International Practitioner Day Compost

The Austrian Compost & Biogas Association invites to the compost industry exhibition to Grafenstein (Carinthia). There will be presented innovations, set up trends and visions will be discussed.

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In Austria, currently almost 460 compost plants transfer about 1 million of biogenic wastes to the high quality product compost. The development of new technologies through innovative partnerships between plant operators and technic engineers has enabled the progress in the area of composting.

Whether mobile machines for crushing biomass, newest techniques in the area of converters, strainers, measuring and controlling, as well as manipulating and transporting will be presented to an international audience. Please have a look at our last event at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4EFYHjawOxM

Over 1000 visitors, from farmers to large-scale plant operators, are expected. All relevant companies will present their technologies. This exhibition is the most important event for compost producers and the compost industrie.

19th September 2013, start at 9 o’clock.
At the area of the compost plant Grafenstein (46.642, 14.487)
A-9131 Grafenstein
You will find the program under: www.kompost-biogas.info shortly.

 
2013-05-06

Seminar Biowaste Sofia2013

The implementation of sustainable biowaste management is currently one of the big challenges e.g. for Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern European countries. Support with knowledge and expertise is required for developing a consistent policy and the regulatory framework and implementation tools need to be provided to local authorities for fulfilling the regulation of the EU Landfill Directive. This was the reason for our international Seminar “Implementation of Organic Waste Management in Southern and Eastern European Countries – Status, Challenges and Solutions” in, Sofia, Bulgaria.

The very successful seminar  with 25 presentations and 170 participants from 24 Countries including the ECN workshops was a good opportunity for policy makers, authorities, environmental, waste and agricultural experts to network about successful management of biowaste, best practice and policy measures in the organic waste sector of Member States.

The presentations are now available for download as pdf from the Seminar website www.biowaste.eu

 

 
2013-03-17

European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform

At ESPC 2013, the European Phosphorus Platform was launched. Over 150 organisations already signed the joint declaration with the outlines of the platform, which will be directly connected to the European Innovation Partnerships on Raw Materials, Water and Sustainable Agriculture and the research and innovation agendas of Horizon 2020.

The Phosphorus Challenge

Phosphorus is essential for life on earth. Phosphorus is needed for fertilizers, we use for feed and food. For our food security and avoiding environmental damage, it is urgent that we take action with efficient use, more recycling and smart cooperation.
For phosphorus, Europe depends on only a few exporting countries. Supplies are finite and there is no guarantee how much raw phosphorus will come to Europe; and to what price! At the same time we waste a lot of phosphorus in the food chain.
For a 2,5 minute explanation of ‘the Phosphorus Challenge’ please watch and share the animated film as youtube-video or on phosphorusplatform.eu.

 

ECN chaired the Round table on Recycling from Organic waste

The Europaen Compost Network (ECN) and the Flemish public waste organisation (OVAM) helped co-ordinate two interactive round table sessions on ‘Recycling P from Organic Waste’ on day one of the 1st European Phosphorus Conference. Two sessions were held, which were led by Dr Stefanie Siebert (ECN), Dr Adrie Veeken (Attero, NL) and Nico Vanaken (OVAM, BE). read more....

 

EU Commissioner Janez Potočnik announced the Consultation on Biowaste Targets

Organised by the Dutch Nutrient Platform, the 1st European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference (ESPC2013) was held on the 6 and 7 March 2013, at the Square, Brussels.  It brought together over 300 delegates from businesses, academia, NGOs, member states and the European Union to discuss the issues surrounding better phosphorous management.

Over the two-day conference, delegates heard presentations from politicians, nutrient experts as well as representatives from fertiliser companies. Overall, the key themes centred on using less, recycling more and co-operation between parties.

Environment Commissioner Dr Janez Potočnik, as key speaker of the second day, stressed the need for improving agricultural efficiency, improving the processing of manure so that it can be transported away from areas of P over supply (such as the Netherlands and Belgium) and phasing out the use of landfill to encourage the recovery of P from biodegradable waste.

The issue of more effective biowaste management was raised a number of times. Answering a question raised by ECN, EU Commissioner Potočnik indicated that targets for biowaste recycling may be developed during 2013. He expects that a public consultation will begin this year, with a draft report proposed for 2014.

The speech of EU Environmental Commissioner, Dr. Janez Potočnik, can be downloaded here.

 
2013-03-11

ECN Annual Meeting 2013

The ECN Annual Meeting took place on the 5th March 2013 in Brussels. 33 Members were present at the meeting. A new ECN Board was elected for the election period 2013-2014.

The presentation of the Annual meeting 2013 and the presentation of the key speaker Eric Liegeois from DG Enterprise and Industry on the revision of the EU Fertiliser Regulation can be downloaded in the ECN Members area/ Annual meetings.

ECN Board Members 2013-2014
Board Members Organisation/Company/Institution Country
Florian Amlinger ARGE Kompost & Biogas Austria Austria
Kristel Vandenbroek VLACO – Flemisch Compost Association Belgium
Grigor Stoyanov Ministry of Environment of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Mait Kriipsalu Estonian University of Life Science Estonia
Aloys Oechtering RETERRA Service GmbH Germany
Percy Foster CRÉ Composting and Biogas Association of Ireland Ireland
Massimo Centemero CIC Composting and Biogas Association of Italy Italy
John van Haeff Dutch Waste Management Association Netherlands
Henrik Lystad Avfall Norge, Waste Management Association of Norway Norway
 
2013-02-26

Internat. Seminar “Implementation Biowaste Management”

Seminar – Workshop – Exhibition (17 – 19 April 2013)

“Implementation of Organic Waste Management in Southern and Eastern European Countries” – Status, challenges and solutions -

Biowaste Sofia2013 will present and discuss the current efforts in setting the strategic and regulatory framework for viable solutions for organic waste recycling and its national implementation. The conference is organised by ECN, ISWA and the Ministry of Environment and Water of Bulgaria.

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2013-01-24

ECN Annual Meeting 2013

ECN’s Annual Meeting will be held on the 5th March 2013 in Brussels (Belgium).
The Annual Meeting is scheduled to take place between 14:00 and 18:00 h in the Renaissance Brussels Hotel followed by a common ECN dinner in the dining room of the hotel.

This year our Annual Meeting will be connected to the 1st European Sustainable Phosphorus Conference (ESPC2013), which will be held on the 6th and 7th March 2013 in the conference centre Square Brussels (Brussels City).
Please note that the conference is free of charge, but is limited to 250 participants; pre-registration for ESPC2013 is now open!

 
2013-01-08

Living well

The European Commission has proposed a new Environment Action Programme for the EU. Entitled “Living well, within the limits of our planet”, it will guide environment policy up to 2020. The proposal aims to enhance Europe’s ecological resilience and turn the EU into a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy. As priority objective the EU shall ensure by 2020 that waste is safely managed as a resource, waste generated per capita is in absolute decline, energy recovery is limited to non-recyclable materials and landfilling of recyclable and compostable materials is effectively eradicated.

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/newprg/index.htm

 

 
2012-11-26

ECN Working Group Meeting “Integrated Waste Management”

The first meeting of the ECN Working Group “Integrated Waste Management” is kindly hosted by CIC Consorzio Italiano Compostatori in its technical office in Cavenago Brianza in Italy. Cavenago Brianza is placed between Milan and Bergamo.

The meeting is scheduled from 11:00 to 16:00 h on the 14th December 2012.

The agenda can be downloaded here.

 
2012-09-24

ECN objects the 3rd Technical Report on EoW for Compost and Digestate

The JRC-ITPS has published the “3rd Technical Report on End-Of-Waste Criteria on Biodegradable Waste subject to Biological Treatment on the 10th August 2012”.

The third working document includes some fundamental changes in respect to allow mixed municipal solid waste and sewage sludge as input materials for EoW compost and digestate.

ECN objects strongly to the proposal of JRC-IPTS to allow mixed MSW and sewage sludge to be permitted feedstocks.

The final ECN Position Statement on the 3rd technical report on EoW for compost and digestate can be downloaded here.

 
2012-06-20

ECN Workshop 2012

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From Waste to Product – Sustainable Management of Organic Resources in Europe

The ECN Workshop 2012 “From Waste to Product – Sustainable Management of Organic Resources in Europe” was held sucessfully on the 13th June 2012 during the 8th International Conference ORBIT2012 in Rennes.

The ECN Workshop 2012 focussed on the current European strategies and policies towards a “Recycling Society” including a sustainable management of organic resources in Europe. As keynote speaker Hans Saveyn from the Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (IPTS) in Seville presented the current status of the initiative of the European Commission to set up End-of-Waste criteria for compost and digestate. Further different strategies on the management of biowaste and effective marketing solutions for organic resources in Europe were presented.

The ECN Workshop programme and all presentations of the ECN workshop can be downloaded here.

 
2012-05-15

ECN Flyer

New ECN Flyer is available

According to the updated ECN Mission and Vision the ECN Flyer has been renewed.

ECN Members are kindly asked to order the new ECN Flyer for advertising purposes (e.g. conferences, workshops, seminars etc.)

 

 

Please send an email to   info@compostnetwork.info.

The ECN Flyer can be downloaded here.

 
2012-02-07

New Study of the EU Commission on Implementing EU Waste Legislation for Green Growth

The European Commission has published a new study on the implementation on EU Waste legislation. This study contains an in-depth analysis of the effects of proper implementation and enforcement of EU waste legislation, both in terms of the economic, social and environmental benefits of implementing EU waste legislation as well as through a number of specific case studies in Cyprus, Germany, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands. The study also describes the necessary tasks to be carried out in order to overcome current implementation barriers and includes a number of options on how to deal with these tasks.

Final report

 
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