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EU Commission wants to reduce incentives

for first-generation biofuels

(EU) – The European Commission wants to reduce incentives for the consumption of biofuels which are based on food crops or which may reduce the availability of land available for growing food. The Brussels-based authority also wants its future... more

Austrian annual food waste

enough to feed half a million

(A) – In Austria, each year around 157,000 tonnes of packaged and unpackaged food and leftover food end up in the garbage. This is one of the initial findings of a study called “Food Waste from Households in Austria”, which was completed in... more

EU impact assessment on food

contact materials in 2013

(EU) – Next year the European Commission will carry out an impact assessment on food contact materials for which no harmonised rules exist yet. In the context of this impact assessment, the Commission will also investigate whether EU measures... more


Following the early Dutch general election in September, two women have taken up the reins at the head of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and were sworn in on 5 November. Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus, the new... more

European Commission launches public

consultation on reduced VAT rates

(EU) – The European Commission is launching a public consultation to discuss the reduced VAT (value added tax) rate for services in the areas of street cleaning, refuse collection and waste treatment as well as further reductions in other... more

Hungary’s president sends

waste law back to parliament

(H) – Hungarian President János Áder has sent the country‘s planned new waste law back to the country’s parliament for re-examination. This was reported by the Federation of the German Waste, Water and Raw Materials Management Industry... more

New packaging waste law

proposed in Poland

(PL) – In early October, the Polish government accepted the draft legislation on packaging and packaging waste presented by the national ministry of the environment. One of the law‘s main new aspects is the introduction of a Poland-wide... more

News in brief

The Israeli government is planning to build a waste to energy (wte) plant, the Ministry of Environmental Protection (MEP) announced on 31 October. Together with the Ministry of Finance, the MEP is seeking companies to pre-qualify for an invitation... more

Brussels asks Slovenia to

clean up or close 18 landfills

(EU) – The European Commission has asked Slovenia to bring a number of its landfills into line with EU legislation or to close them. An “adequate” waste management system was now in place in Slovenia and the country had made “some... more


The International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) is soliciting contributions for oral or poster presentations at its World Congress 2013. The event will be held in Vienna, Austria, from 7 to 11 November 2013. Abstract topics may address a wide... more

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