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New research by ACR+ member OVAM on the composition of litter in Flanders shows that cigarette butts and chewing gum, in terms of numbers of units found, correspond respectively to 41% and 15% of municipal waste. A symbolically important figure, though in terms of volume and weight other fractions make up a high proportion of litter. OVAM carried out a random sampling on 6,540 public locations of 100 m² spread all over Flanders. These included shopping streets, public transport stops, parks, etc., but also rural roads. The results of this investigation can be used to evaluate and adjust the Flemish litter policy but will also be used to better assess littering related costs in line with the principle of extended producer responsibility.Source: www.ovam.be (in Dutch)

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