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Bulky Bob’s: a better way to manage bulky waste

By contracting Bulky Bob’s, a social enterprise, municipalities in the United Kingdom have drastically reduced the amount of household waste going to landfill. Bulky Bob’s provides a dedicated collection service for large items, such as furniture and white goods, after which it finds the best solution to either reuse or recycle these items. As a result up to 65% of this waste is diverted from landfill.

Prevention and management of household waste in Flanders, Belgium

The Flemish region of Flanders, Belgium has become the vanguard of waste management in Europe. It boasts the highest waste diversion rate in Europe as almost three-fourths of the residential waste produced in the region is reused, recycled, or composted. Additionally, the region has successfully managed to stabilise waste generation. 

Waste reduction, recycling and re-use of domestic appliances

EEESafe based in Swansea, Wales (United Kingdom) aims to establish a certification scheme for appliance engineers and EEESafe Centres. People wishing to donate their reusable appliances can notify their nearest EEESafe Centre by phone or online, and the centre will arrange for the collecting of the device. Once collected, appliances can be repaired and resold, or used for spare parts. Appliances that are beyond repair might contain valuable raw materials such as copper and gold that can be extracted.

Providing consumers with an incentive for collecting and recycling old clothes

Being the leading retailer of clothing, household products and food in the United Kingdom, Marks & Spencer (M&S) started the initiative ‘shwopping’ (swap + shopping) to promote the recycling and reuse of clothes, while also reducing the amount of waste sent to landfill. Consumers receive a voucher for a discount of £5 upon returning a bag full of old clothes to their local M&S or Oxfam store. Oxfam can then reuse these clothes either by, directly reselling them, reprocessing them into restyled garments or selling them in bulk for secondary uses.