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30th May 2018
New EU Rules Target Top 10 Single-Use Plastics Found On Beaches

New EU Rules Target Top 10 Single-Use Plastics Found On Beaches

The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items, … Continue reading

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23rd March 2018
UK Will Vote In Favour Of EU Circular Economy Package

UK Will Vote In Favour Of EU Circular Economy Package

The UK will vote to in favour of the EU’s Circular Economy Package (CEP) when it comes to the Council, Defra has confirmed. The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) confirmed that it has written to inform Parliament … Continue reading

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27th February 2018
EU Ambassadors Approve New Waste & Recycling Rules

EU Ambassadors Approve New Waste & Recycling Rules

EU ambassadors have endorsed the provisional agreement on the four legislative proposals of the waste package reached with the European Parliament late last year, with an increase in recycling targets for all member states. The new rules establish legally binding targets for … Continue reading

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8th February 2018
Commission’s VAT Proposals Could Support Circular Economy Goals – FEAD

Commission’s VAT Proposals Could Support Circular Economy Goals – FEAD

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental services (FEAD) says the European Commission’s proposals on VAT is an “excellent supportive measure to realise circular economy’s goals and benefits”. The newly proposed rules by the European Commission aim to give … Continue reading

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17th January 2018
Commission Unveils First Europe-Wide Plastics Strategy

Commission Unveils First Europe-Wide Plastics Strategy

The European Commission has introduced the first Europe-wide strategy for plastics, which aims to protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, “turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe”, the Commission says. … Continue reading

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14th December 2017
€324bn Circular Economy Opportunity Needs Long-Term Support

€324bn Circular Economy Opportunity Needs Long-Term Support

A new report from the Aldersgate Group out today (14 December), “Beyond the Circular Economy Package”, argues that EU institutions should continue to support the shift towards greater resource efficiency beyond the completion of the Circular Economy Package.  By introducing … Continue reading

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19th May 2017
Commission Taking Italy To Court Over 44 Non-Compliant Landfills

Commission Taking Italy To Court Over 44 Non-Compliant Landfills

The European Commission is taking Italy to the Court of Justice of the EU for its failure to rehabilitate or close down 44 landfills, which represent a serious risk for human health and the environment. Despite earlier warnings from the … Continue reading

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20th March 2017
MEPs Adopt 7 “Breakthrough Propositions” For Litter Prevention

MEPs Adopt 7 “Breakthrough Propositions” For Litter Prevention

MEPs have adopted 7 “breakthrough propositions” for sharing responsibility for litter prevention as part of the revision of the EU’s 2008 Waste Directive, designed to promote a circular economy in Europe. The Clean Europe Network estimates that litter clean-up costs … Continue reading

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