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Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-01-01 - 2018-06-30

Research showed that in secondary school waste, waste prevention and especially food waste prevention is not introduced in curricula and therefore is no topic at the moment. This is also true for tourism schools. Therefore, within this projectdata on the knowledge of pupils in tourism schools on food waste and food waste prevention will be collected. Based on the outcomes of an extended inquiry teaching material will be developed and a lecture on food waste prevention will be implemented. The effect of this food waste prevention lecture will be evaluated.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-01-01 - 2017-04-30

Up to now, analyses of the composition of residual household waste have been implemented with different approaches. This refers to e.g. sampling (i.e. extraction of samples from waste collection trucks or collection bins), the determination of sample size and the statistical evaluation of results. Therefore comparability of results of such analyses was limited. Goal of this project is the development of a guideline for planning and implementation of waste composition analyses of residual waste. The implementation is done in cooperation with the Technical Working Group for waste composition analyses that is coordinated the Ministery for Environment.
Research project (§ 26 & § 27)
Duration : 2017-01-01 - 2019-12-31

The closing of material cycles a principle element of the circular economy concept which aims at re-introducing secondary material flows (in other words, material, that at some point was considered waste) back into the economy. This project investigates the currently not utilised resource potential in the Austrian economy, as well as associated barriers and drivers. The determining economic mechanism for recovery and use of secondary materials will be demonstrated using successfully operating material loops. The project will draw on methodology from economic input-output analysis for the mapping of mass flows in the Austria economy. Further, micro-economic assessments combined with inputs from experts will be used to illustrate the relationships between transaction costs and recycling revenues as marginal values. For relevant material flows the current level of recovery, future potentials for closing material loops and the determining economic mechanisms will be shown. Based in these analyses currently not utilised resource potentials will be identified and economic instruments and approaches deduced.

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