A deposit return scheme (DRS) and extended producer responsibility (EPR) have been found to be the most effective policy measures to tackle single-use plastic waste in the Mediterranean region.
Research commissioned by UN Environment, under the Mediterranean Action Plan, and carried out by Eunomia Research and Consulting, concluded that policy measures that focus on end-of-life management of containers, bottles and straws will ultimately help reduce plastic litter in the region.
The UK’s municipal recycling rate continues to sit well below those of leading European recycling nations such as Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands, according to municipal waste data from Eurostat, although its recycling rate has improved slightly.
The European Suppliers of Waste-To-Energy Technology (ESWET) has released a policy briefing highlighting the need for any revision to the EU Waste Shipment Regulation to continue to allow the shipment of waste for energy recovery.
A report released by WWF and the Waste and Resources Action Programme (WRAP) yesterday (1 July) outlines the measures that need to be taken within the EU to halve food waste by 2030, in accordance with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13.1.
The risk posed to the waste and resources sector by Brexit has increased over the last few months, with the UK falling further behind EU standards and ambition, according to Greener UK’s latest Brexit Risk Tracker.
Plans to include fuels made from non-renewable materials in the EU’s renewable energy plans could undermine recycling progress, according to a new policy briefing by Zero Waste Europe, Bellona Europe and Rethink Plastic.
Environmental NGO Zero Waste Europe (ZWE) has called for the introduction of a Material Recovery and Biological Treatment (MRBT) system as a ‘bridge strategy’ for managing residual waste in a circular economy.
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.