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Within the NonHazCity project a screening survey of hazardous substances has been performed in wastewater and stormwater samples from six municipalities around the Baltic Sea: Pärnu, Kaunas, Šilalė, Riga, Gdańsk, and Turku. Furthermore, a suite of chemicals were analysed in a range of indoor items from Stockholm preschools and offices.
Results and conclusions from the NonHazCity substance screening and source tracking activities in eight municipalities in the Baltic Sea region will be published on 19th of October at 10:00 AM (CET). A public event will be held in Pärnu, Estonia in the frame of the Estonian presidency of the Council of the European Union. We are inviting all interested parties to join our live broadcast!
Approximately 200 children in Hyvinkää (Finland) attend the first Nordic Swan eco-labeled pre-school building in Finland. Building this nursery took one year and cost about 6,5 million euros. Inkeri Kontiola, procurement specialist in Hyvinkää City municipality, is convinced that this experience will make similar procurements much easier.
Talking to businesses about hazardous substances can be a difficult task. The topic is often too complex and detailed and it is hard to find a way to get the ball rolling. Johan Galster, a chemical engineer and inspector at the Environmental Department in the City of Copenhagen, found a way of dealing with hazardous substances. He shares his experiences on how to make the dangers of hazardous substances more understandable for people of all occupations and abilities.
Formerly common practice to bring unused pharmaceuticals to the local pharmacy is not the case in Germany anymore, as since 2009 the pharmacies are no longer obliged to accept the medicaments back. Each Federal State in Germany has own strategy how to dispose the expired or unused pharmaceuticals. Different disposal practices confuse in the population and lead to the typical mistakes like throwing the medicaments to the sewer.
It is impossible for an end user or procurement officer to know all the latest market developments. Similarly, no company can have a complete understanding of municipal purchasing requirements. Information sharing and other forms of cooperation can be beneficial for both the market and municipalities. This can send a clear message that there is a market for products free of hazardous substances, and that there are good business opportunities in meeting this demand.
Hazardous substances should be included in the decision-making process when municipal organisations, such as kindergartens, school, hospitals etc., define what kind of products or services they want to buy. During the first step of the procurement process when specifications are written, we have the biggest influence on the potential to reduce hazardous substances in products and services.
Hazardous substances was a hot topic in Pärnu, Estonia during the first week of April. On 5th of April representatives of cleaning services of that region were invited to a training on hazardous substances in cleaning products. Only three days later Pärnu City was celebrating its 766th anniversary. Among dozens of other events, there was a lecture on a subject "Hazardous substances in our everyday products" held.
Project NonHazCity will be implemented in 12 municipalities from 8 countries after a sub-project in Belarus gets approved. Sub-project Bel-NonHazCity is financed by Swedish Institute for the duration period from 1st of February 2017 until the end of January 2019.
This year, on January 8, European Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella will visit one of the campaign’s Think before you buy venues in Riga – the construction materials shop K-Rauta – Lucavsala.
According to the recent Eurobarometer survey No. 416 Attitudes of European citizens towards the environment (published on September, 2014) more than 60% of Lithuanians (highest score in the EU) and about half of population in Latvia and Estonia are worried about the health impact of chemicals in everyday products.
Variety of “Think before you buy” communication actions in Lithuania shows great results – more than 62 000 visitors have visited the webpage, campaign visuals are well recognized by citizens, news and comments made by specialists receives great media attention.
In 6-8 November “Think before you buy” Lithuanian team participated in “Ekologika”, a specialised fair for ecological products and services, that was organised for the first time in Lithuania.
Up to 36 times more than recommended – that was the concentration of formaldehyde which was found in one of the nurseries where Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia (BEF LV) conducted air testing.
In Estonia we launched our first street campaign about safer toys. People may have noticed on the streets when waiting for a bus or driving to work posters with a teddy bear on a blue background with a slogan “Are your child’s toys really safe?”
During the campaign “Think before you buy” which starts in May, customers will learn more about how to choose paints, varnishes and adhesives with less hazardous substances for their home renovation in 16 construction retailer K-rauta stores in Latvia and Estonia.
Ten volunteers taking part in a unique campaign in Lithuania will be the first to find out if hazardous substances in everyday products enter their bodies and form potentially dangerous “chemical cocktail”.