An EU-wide study into waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) compliance has found that a significant number of products sold through online marketplaces are non-compliant with national WEEE requirements.
The leading trade association for the UK plastics industry has published a survey revealing that a majority of its members want to remain in the EU and believe that a no-deal Brexit will have a significant impact on their businesses.
The Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport (ADEPT) has called on the Netherlands Government to rethink its decision to introduce a tax on the import of refuse derived fuel (RDF).
A group of more than 50 environmental, social justice and human rights NGOs have sent a letter to the Commission Expert Group working on an EU Sustainable Finance Taxonomy asking to keep waste incineration out of the scope of green finance.
Each tonne of RDF diverted from the Netherlands as a result of its proposed tax on the import of waste will result in an additional 261 kilogrammes of CO2e emissions, according to a briefing note published by the RDF Industry Group.
Municipal waste data from Eurostat shows that the UK’s recycling rate remains some way short of the EU’s top recycling nations, though it performs better when it comes to diverting waste from landfill.
A report by Greenpeace and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives critiques the “inefficient” and “predatory” system of plastic waste exports from wealthy countries to communities in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
A new report by the European Commission claims that the total cost of not implementing EU environmental law came to €55 billion in 2018, and costs are set to increase unless action is taken to improve performance against environmental targets.
MEPs in the European Parliament have approved plans to ban some single-use plastic products and increase the collection and recycling of plastic bottles, with legislation to be implemented in member states by 2021.
The government has warned waste exporters to expect delays at container ports such as the Port of Dover in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal, and says businesses should seek ‘alternative’ export, recovery or disposal routes for their waste.
“16 full-time civil servants” will fill the environmental governance gap in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, a situation Environment Secretary Michael Gove has described as “sub-optimal”.
The Welsh Government has launched a consultation on Environmental Principles and Governance aimed at considering how to maintain coherent and effective environmental governance once the UK leaves the EU.
Greener UK states that the ‘increasingly ominous prospect’ of leaving the EU without a deal ‘poses potentially dire consequences for the environment, in the short and longer term’ across all areas of environmental policy.