The European Commission has today (11 March) published its new Circular Economy Action Plan, outlining measures to ensure that products are designed to last longer and are easier to reuse, repair and recycle.
A series of polls have found significant public support in Nordic countries for the ‘variable’ deposit return scheme (DRS) model, where the deposit fee is determined by the container’s size and material.
Loopholes in the EU’s Single Use Plastic (SUP) Directive providing possible exemptions for natural polymers could undermine the legislation’s aim to reduce the environmental impact of single-use products, according to a new report from Eunomia Research and Consulting.
The European Commission’s European Green Deal includes proposals to introduce an EU-wide model for the separate collection of waste and rules on minimum recycled content, promising a step change in the EU’s approach to resources and waste.
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.