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1 Waste Prevention Kit for Enterprises, Education and Households (WastePrevKit) Elina Karhu MSc, Waste Management, Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council (YTV)

2 Elina Karhu, What is Helsinki Metropolitan Area Council (YTV) ? - Municipal Co-operation Organisation - Waste management - Regional public transport - Air quality monitoring - Regional databases

3 Elina Karhu, What is waste prevention?

4 Elina Karhu, YTV Waste Prevention Strategy 2007 The Target of the Strategy Regional and national advice and guidance have motivated  the residents,  companies and  the public sector to avoid waste production so well that less waste is produced in 2007 per resident and per workplace than in EU Life Environment project Waste Prevention Kit for Enterprises, Education and Households (WastePrevKit)

5 Elina Karhu, Actions of the Waste Prevention Kit 1. Waste Benchmarking Service 2. Smart Ways of Action Models 3. Teaching Material in General and Vocational Education 4. Dissemination of the Materials and Results 5. Development of the Web Portal

6 Elina Karhu, Petra Waste Benchmarking Service Helps companies and organisations to monitor their amount of waste Compare the waste amounts to the average values Covers approximately 500 companies or public institutions YTV’s website (www.ytv.fi/petra), free of charge YTV rewards the best company or organisation on waste minimization: The Year’s Natural Resource Saver

7 Elina Karhu, Smart Ways of Action (SMAC) Models = Best Practice models for reducing waste in Wholesale and retail trade* Offices* Educational institutions Building trade* Building one’s own house Day care centres *also in English Sector-specific guidelines

8 Elina Karhu, Best Practise Model for Offices Print and copy always on both sides Use data projector in meetings instead of transparency Use washable hand towel instead of disposable ones

9 Elina Karhu, Waste Amount in Offices Target: To decrease the amount of waste in offices, in the wholesale and retail trade by 3 % from 2003 to 2006

10 Elina Karhu, Waste Prevention in General Education Teaching material for pre-primary school comprehensive school senior high school The target: information on waste prevention 3 times in a school career Various exercises Co-operation and networking

11 Elina Karhu, Example of an exercise in English lesson for senior high school Reading exercise: Waste prevention 1. Read through the enclosed text and answer the following questions:  Why should waste production be prevented?  How does waste prevention differ from recycling?  What does the ecological rucksack tell you about the product?  Why is the ecological rucksack of orange juice higher than that of home made apple juice?  Why is the MIPS value of disposable plastic bag higher than that of a cotton bag? 2. What can YOU do to prevent waste?

12 Elina Karhu, Waste Prevention in Vocational Education Teaching material & methods for Technics & Mechanics Food Industry Welfare and Health Care Goal: To Adopt material efficient way of thinking To Recognise the environmental impact of actions Co-operation and networking

13 Elina Karhu, Dissemination of the Materials and Results Seminars, educational venues, trade fairs, exhibitions, in the media, co-operation networks, mailing lists, internationally etc. Awareness campaigns for households twice a year since 2003 ”It’s Smart with less waste” Annual Gallup Poll to the residents

14 Elina Karhu, Avoid Biowaste Campaign 2007 Less waste in the garbage bin is more money in the wallet Garbage bin took the holiday savings! Garbage bin ate the family’s lunch!

15 Elina Karhu,

16 Waste Prevention - the most sustainable way to control waste Thank You for Your Attention More information:

17 Elina Karhu, The influence of the strategy Willingness to do versus action

18 Elina Karhu, “Give time, quality and being together as a present“ Christmas campaign 2006 Message: give services as a present like manicure, tickets to opera or movies etc. Tips for waste prevention and ideas for sustainable gifts in the web pages

19 Elina Karhu, Pilot project for households New type of resident co- operation Save natural resources, make your everyday life easier and save money Guidance & courses to the residents A Spoon, about 5 kg If you weigh with natural recourses the plastic bag weighs over one kg and telephone over 300 kg. So it is not at all the same how we consume.


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