In a little town in Scotland, a church and local community building are being built using waste. By now, four tons of old beer cans, a dozen transportation containers, three hundred industrial pallets, and about five hundred automobile tires have been used for the construction of these buildings. Future plans include theatre, cafe, art gallery and commercial building – which will, of course, be made of waste.
The leading continent in annual production of electronic waste is North America, with over 20 million tons, followed by Europe and Asia with 14 million tons each, and other continents that are on the level of about 5 million tons.
It is a practice in Europe to have one collection centre for every 30 thousand people.
In the late 1990's, the quantity of electronic waste increased to 6 million tons, i.e. 4% of the total European waste. It is estimated that the increase in the quantity of electronic waste in Europe will be at the rate of 5% per annum. By comparison, increase in the quantity of electronic waste is today three times higher than increase in communal waste.
Most people are buying a new phone every two years and more than 90% of materials that a mobile phone is made of are recyclable (not including the battery).
Recently, photographs of huge floating islands of waste floating freely on the oceans have spread around the world. Plastic waste kills hundreds of thousand of marine animals each year, and hazardous chemicals that are generated from plastic enter the human food chain. Nineteen-year old Boyan Slat, a student of aeronautics at TU Delft University n the Netherlands, designed an ocean cleaning system, consisting of long movable barriers that float on the surface, and an anchored platform where waste would be collected, separated from planktons, dehydrated and ultimately stored for further recycling onshore. Slat estimates that 7,250,000 tons of waste could be collected in this way in a period of 5 years, which is approximately 1/3 of global pollution of oceans with plastic waste. This innovation is still only a concept, which has lead to establishment of non-profit foundation "The Ocean Cleanup Foundation", which would raise financial resources in order to realize the feasibility study. A team of about 50 engineers, model makers, external experts and students have made excellent progress, and preliminary results are promising.
Symbolism of the bridge in Novi Pazar, made of plastic bottles, will be to indicate the possibility of exploitation of everything that people are carelessly throwing down the rivers, thus creating much graver consequences that what they could imagine, and the realization will probably happen in May. A team of studios will participate in the realization, and all those who think could contribute to this project are invited to join with at least a few collected bottles. The message that the creators of this project are trying to send is that, if everybody would invest minimum effort, as represented in every plastic bottle, we could bridge large spans.
Exhibition on waste management and recycling "Save the planet" will be open from May 29 to 31, 2013 in Sofia, Bulgaria, launching of new technologies of waste management and recycling in Southeast Europe. Companies from Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Hungary, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Turkey and Romania will participate at this exhibition that will gather the key industrial actors. In recent years, countries of Southeastern Europe have made important progress in implementation of sustainable practice and adoption of the best European regulations, which will have major influence on the number of visitors at this event.
Representatives of the association „Brave Cleaner" during March visited National association of Austria for the waste management with the purpose to introduce the work and aspect of organization and functioning of the association involved in this topic. Numerous questions and discussions about the condition of the environment, particularly in the segment of dangerous industrial waste in Serbia were open.
A part of Lipovačka Forest called "Dugi rt", with surface area of 242 hectares, should become by the end of this year a protected natural good of local significance, i.e. protected good of the third category, says in the announcement of the Secretariat for Protection of Nature of Belgrade. There are 150 species of plants growing in the area of Lipovačka Forest, 100 of which are autochthonous. They are also planning to create an environmental network in the territory of Belgrade, which would connect Lipovačka Forest, Kosmaj, Avala and the Big War Island, in order to preserve the biodiversity.Deo Lipovačke šume nazvan “Dugi rt”, površine 242 hektara, trebalo bi da do kraja ove godine postane zaštićeno prirodno dobro od lokalnog značaja, odnosno zaštićeno dobro treće kategorije, najavio je Sekretarijat za zaštitu prirode Beograda. Na području Lipovičke šume uspeva 150 biljnih vrsta, od čega 100 autohtonih. U planu je da se napravi i ekološka mreža na teritoriji Beograda kojom bi bile povezane Lipovačka šuma, Kosmaj, Avala i Veliko ratno ostrvo u cilju zaštite biodiverziteta.
UN Joint Programme in Southern Serbia for Peacebuilding and Inclusive Local Development (PBILD) realized regional campaign "To Make it Clean" aimed at raising awareness of the general public on waste management in Jablanica-Pčinj district. The goal of this campaign, in which thirteen municipalities participated, was to inform the general population, through a series of activities, about the importance of preservation of the environment. Campaign "To Make it Clean" started with a conference that took place in Leskovac and where the guests were addressed by Nikolas Herkules, Manager of PBILD Programme, Hranislav Stojković, Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Energy, Development and Environmental Protection of Serbia, Goran Cvetanović, Mayor of Leskovac and Zoran Antić, Mayor of Vranje. A marketing campaign was realized in parallel with this, and there was also an open call organized for elementary school students on the topic of creating objects from used materials. The final event of the campaign was "Eko Bazar" in Vranje, which gathered over 400 visitors who had the opportunity to enjoy children's work, theatrical performances dealing with environmental issues, and also to hear useful lectures of some socially responsible companies.
Serbia has made great progress in harmonizing its legislation with the European Union acquis in the area of environmental protection, but there is a problem in enforcing these laws, it was concluded at the meeting "EU - challenges and perspectives of Serbia in the area of environmental protection 2013", which took place in April this year. At this meeting that was organized in Belgrade by Ecotopia Fund, with support of the Embassy of Great Britain, Deputy Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Mirko Grubišić stated that there is an estimate that harmonization of Serbia with EU legislation in the area of environmental protection would cost 10.6 billion Euros. He announced that amendments to the Law on Environmental Protection will be prepared in April, which will define the licensing of zoos, as well as provisions on illegal cross-border trade in protected species, as well as that amendments to the "Law on Waste Management" is planned, which envisage construction of 27 landfills.
On April 1, 2013 there was a celebration of the 23rd anniversary of the Secretariat for Environmental Protection of Belgrade. On this occasion, Goran Trivan, the city Secretary for Environmental Protection said: "Waste management project in Belgrade, for the realization of which about 230 million Euros has been envisaged in the upcoming ten years, is one of the priorities in the field of ecology of the capitol, and we expect that the ten-year Program of environmental protection of Belgrade will soon be completed and presented.
If we observe Belgrade today, the condition could be generally assessed as bit good enough, said Dr Miroslav Tanasković, Advisor to the Director of the City Institute for Public Health. In individual parts of the city with low traffic, a lot of green areas and without stationary sources of air pollution in the surrounding areas, the situation is very good, while in the city centre with old traffic matrix and obsolete communal infrastructure the situation is bad.