FoE launches European waste reduction project

Groups in seven countries to assess best and worst waste management practice, recommend changes

Environmental group Friends of the Earth has launched an 18-month project to identify opportunities to cut waste across Europe. Its "Sustainable use of resources in Europe (SURE)" project involves FoE groups and partners in the UK, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Macedonia and the Ukraine. Each organisation will make a general assessment of waste output and resource use in their countries before undertaking profile-raising action on specific waste topics. FoE hopes that by choosing countries with a range of social and economic circumstances, it can produce practical recommendations on opportunities for waste reduction that can be applied at European level. In Italy and Spain, FoE groups will assess the effects of recent changes in national waste legislation and raise public awareness of waste issues, while FoE Netherlands will feed in the results of a campaign to get banks and other lenders to take responsibility for funding projects in third countries that have adverse environmental impacts. The EU-funded project will culminate in June 1999 with a conference involving businesses, governments and NGOs from across Europe.

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