During a meeting organised in December 2005 in Brussels, it was decided to implement a global survey with the general objectives of:
- Obtaining information on waste management and cleaning problems in markets;
- Identifying specific experiences that could be tested (e.g. in the area of collection or recycling);
- Placing a summary of these experiences before the WUWM market membership.
More than 40% of member markets answered that survey representing 55% of total market areas and 60% of marketed quantities through wholesale markets in the EU.
The results of that survey were made available to members in 2006 and it was agreed to continue to develop market data in this area. In follow-up to the increased information received from European markets, a discussion paper on Wholesale Markets and Environmental Protection was prepared.
The aim of that discussion paper was to underline the importance of efforts currently being made within the wholesale market sector towards environmental protection.
At European level, wholesale markets are globally marketing around 33 million tons of fruit and vegetables every year, representing almost 40% of the total amount that is consumed yearly. Wholesale market customers are, in particular, independent stores and street markets, and both sectors require the outside organisation of either their produce supply, or their waste management.
Wholesale market efforts towards environmental protection are logically focusing on two main complementary aspects: waste management, in particular through recycling, and energy savings through the organisation of traffic flow.
Please click this link to read a copy of the WUWM discussion paper on Wholesale Markets and Environmental Protection.
The following issues are proposed items for future consideration and discussion within the WUWM Markets and Environment Group:
- Other harmful environmental concerns (or nuisances) such as noise, traffic, etc.
- Facilitating effective sewage and water treatments.
- Avoiding the dissemination of waste in public areas.