Fifteen European countries and 66 companies have entered into a partnership committed to making all plastic packaging recyclable and suitable for reuse. The European Plastic Pact started when Dutch Environment Minister Stientje van Veldhoven made agreements with Dutch companies and then turned to her European colleagues to do the same. She is presenting the plan in Brussels on Friday, NOS reports.
In 2018 residents of the Netherlands used 20 percent less materials per resident than in 2000. This involves materials like fossil fuels and metals processed into products like plastics. Netherlands residents recycle more than most other EU countries, but also create more waste, Statistics Netherlands said on Friday in a report on the Netherlands progress to a circular economy.
The vast majority of paper coffee cups from the Dutch government are too dirty to be recycled, according to waste processor Renewi. 85 million cups from the Ministries were therefore incinerated instead of recycled into toilet paper, the Telegraaf reports.
According to Renewi, the cups were full of nuts, cans, cores and bags, so they could not be processed. "More than 90 percent did not meet our conditions," manager Arend Verhoeven said. The company reported this to the government, he added.
As the industry is failing to reduce the number of single-use plastic bottles ending up in the trash and littering the streets and nature, State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven of Infrastructure and Water Management has decided to move up her decision on introducing a deposit on small plastic bottles.
Last year Dutch municipalities collected 8.5 billion kilograms of household waste. That is 494 kilograms of garbage per Netherlands inhabitant. 58 percent of the collected waste was separated for recycling, Statistics Netherlands reported on Thursday.
Amsterdam's fire brigade was again deployed to a recycling company in the Westelijk Havengebied on Monday morning, because the smouldering remains of a fire on Sunday went up in flames again, Het Parool reports.
The fire started in a 10 meter high mountain of waste at waste and recycling company Paro on Siciliëweg on Sunday. Paro employees tore the mountain apart with shovels, so that firefighters could get to the flames.
A man was killed when he fell through the roof of a recycling center Van den Noort in Dongen on Thursday morning. He was installing solar panels on the roof when the accident happened, Omroep Brabant reports.
"The man fell about 20 meters to the ground", a spokesperson for the Inspectorate for Social Affairs and Employment, formerly the Labor Inspectorate, said to the broadcaster. Emergency services rushed to the scene, but could not save the man's life.
What exactly happened is still unclear. The Inspectorate is investigating.
The paper used for the last week presented "Green Bibles", turned out to not be as green as promised. These bibles, which were meant to be a source of inspiration for sustainable living, are made of normal paper, not recycled bibles, NOS reports.
The publisher of the Green Bibles, Royal Jongbloed, announced in a statement that fraud was committed with the paper used in the bibles and that an employee was suspended for it. How or why this fraud was committed is unclear. The publisher is not available for comment.
Amsterdam is increasingly working towards a zero-waste lifestyle, or so-called circular economy. The city is presenting 23 projects aimed towards this goal. "Amsterdam will be the first city in the world to prove that a circular economy is possible and profitable", the city said in a press statement on Wednesday.
The Dutch government wants to close a material agreement with companies, municipalities, provinces and civil society organizations before the end of the year. The ultimate goal for this deal is to recycle all raw materials by 2050, State Secretary Sharon Dijksma of Infrastructure and Environment wrote parliament
More than 20 thousand Dutch households signed up to participate in a trial-run in recycling dirty diapers. The first pilot project, initiated by the foundation Luierrecycling Nederland (Diaper Recycling Netherlands in English) starts in July
Every year over December Dutch people use 5 million liters of oil to make millions of their New Year's snacks oliebollen - tennis ball-sized lumps of fried dough smothered in powdered sugar. Reest and Wieden and other water boards are concerned about how much of that oil end up in the drains.
Some 27 million euros worth of gold ended up in the trash in 2012, Statistics Netherlands reported on Friday in its publication Green Growth in the Netherlands 2015. The gold was in parts of discarded electrical appliances.
Stores often refuse to take old light-bulbs for recycling. Despite an increasing number of stores getting collection bins for old light bulbs to be recycled, a sixth of stores still refuse these light bulbs or simply throw them away.