Don't Burn, Recycle!
Arnika's new campaign “Don't Burn, Recycle!” is a direct reaction to the recent efforts to build numerous incinerators in the Czech Republic. These incinerators are going to get a substantial financial support from public financial resources. Arnika's campaign is a direct appeal to the public as well as to the politicians to actively step forward against this trend and to draw their attention to waste prevention, support of recycling, used product collection, deposit-refund system and composting.
Don’t play with PVC
The goal of this campaign is reduction of usage or substitution of problematic polyvinylchloride (PVC) whenever significant release of dangerous substances endangering human health and environment might occur. The campaign focuses mainly on toys and products for children, medical devices and food packaging. Our demands are listed in the petition “For PVC substitution”. In 2007, the campaign followed its predecessor “Healthcare without PVC” - a campaign which Arnika led since its foundation.
Waste is a Source
The goal of the project “Waste is a Source” is to provide examples of good waste policies from our country and from abroad. Most tips deal with municipal waste issues. They are aimed to be used by municipalities, cities, regions as well as individuals as we are the ones who produce the waste. We can also influence how much waste will be produced and how we will deal with it. Paul Connet, Professor of Chemistry at St. Lawrence University, New York, often says at his speeches, that: “As long as we see waste as something we do not need we will have no other way than get rid of it as something tiresome we throw away. We need to forget the word waste and replace it with source. Waste is something our ten fingers created and the same ten fingers should be able to cope with.“
The goal of this campaign is to achieve systematic reduction of substances dangerous to human health and environment using the Integrated Pollution Register (IPR), and through consistent implementation of the Stockholm Convention and REACH. Through this campaign, we also try to reduce the level of environmental pollution with toxics produced by particular sources called “hot spots”, which are existing industrial plants, or unsolved old environmental burdens (contaminated sites). Most significant successes of this campaign include ratification of the Stockholm Convention by the Czech Republic, adoption of the PRTR by Czech legislation, and maintaining public access to information.
Cleaner Air for Ostrava Region
Moravian-Silesian region and especially Ostrava region is nowadays the most air-polluted region in the Czech Republic. In this region, emission limits of particulate matter (PM10), benzo(a)pyren, benzene, arsenic and other substances are often exceeded. The reason for this bleak situation is high concentration of pollution sources on a small area. Steelworks Arcelor Mittal Steel is a major culprit of the air pollution in the area. Our campaign tries to improve this unsatisfactory situation as all citizens have right to clean environment. We focus on activities of responsible authorities as well as citizens.
EMAS for Hospitals
Health care in the Czech Republic has been for a long time among those fields where insufficient attention is paid to consequences on the environment caused by the running of the organization, either due to current economic situation or by insufficient awareness of hospital management or other medical facilities. There are two main environmental problems concerning toxic substances one can run into in medical facilities. First there is usage of tools and instruments containing toxic substances. These substances can get into immediate contact with patients. Second there is the medical waste management.