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Last-minute Chinese waste quotas let importers cut it close to the wire

17.09.2020 − The China Solid Waste and Chemicals Management Center of the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) issued a twelfth batch of import licences for this year on Wednesday. The new tranche of import quotas is...» more

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Turkey wants to limit recycled raw material imports

08.09.2020 − Turkey’s recycling industry will need to source at least half of the raw materials it requires from the Turkish domestic market. The country’s environment minister Murat Kurum announced new rules mandating the use of...» more

Austria plans deposit for single-use beverage containers,
quota for refillable bottles

07.09.2020 − In the fight against plastic waste, Austria's environment minister Leonore Gewessler has plans to impose a deposit on single-use beverage bottles and to mandate that the retail sector offer more drinks in refillable...» more

EU Commission tables action plan for critical raw materials

03.09.2020 − The European Commission plans to map the extent to which secondary materials from EU stocks and waste can contribute to the supply of critical raw materials. The inventory is to be completed by 2022 and list identified...» more

Interpol reports sharp increase in illegal plastic waste trade

27.08.2020 − A new report from Interpol has found an “alarming" increase in “illegal plastic pollution trade” across the world since China closed its doors to waste plastics in 2018. » more

"Plastic tax" approved at EU summit

22.07.2020 − Member states will be required to make payments to the EU budget based on the amount of non-recycled plastic packaging waste they generate. At the summit meeting this past weekend, the heads of state and government...» more

Danish ministers call for cuts to waste imports

20.05.2020 − If Denmark is to achieve a green transition, it will need to increase recycling and to strengthen the circular economy, but it will also need to reduce the amount of waste incinerated, according to climate minister Dan...» more

EU Commission publishes waste shipments guidance

01.04.2020 − The European Commission is working to remove barriers to waste shipments between EU member states in the exceptional circumstances created by the coronavirus outbreak. » more

UK to introduce tax on plastic packaging

13.03.2020 − The UK is moving ahead with plans to tax plastic packaging that does not incorporate recycled material. » more

New action plan for the circular economy

11.03.2020 − The European Commission wants to focus more closely on product design in order to promote the transition to a circular economy. » more

Battery Directive first measure to be tabled under upcoming EU action plan

06.03.2020 − The EU needs "targeted action in sectors where potential for circularity is high", according to EU Environment Commissioner Virginijus Sinkevičius.» more

EP rejects attempt to raise lead limits for recycled PVC

13.02.2020 − Members of the European Parliament voted on Wednesday to block a Commission proposal that would have allowed higher levels of lead from legacy additives in recycled PVC. Under the proposed Regulation, the concentration...» more

More than €100m EU support for waste plants in Poland

31.01.2020 − The European Commission has approved subsidies from the EU Cohesion Fund for two new waste to energy plants in Poland.» more

EU Battery Directive to be revised in Q4 2020

30.01.2020 − The EU Commission has published its working programme for the current year. A legislative proposal revising the EU Battery Directive is to be tabled in the fourth quarter of 2020.» more

European "Green Deal“ needs to tap the potential of waste legislation

16.01.2020 − The EU Commission needs to take advantage of the potential of waste legislation to achieve its climate goals, according to the European Parliament's resolution on the "Green Deal".» more

Roadmap for new circular economy action plan published

09.01.2020 − Stakeholder have until 20 January to provide feedback on the European Commission's roadmap for the new circular economy action plan which it intends to put forward in March 2020.» more

Commission's "Green Deal" could lead to ban on EU waste exports

11.12.2019 − The EU Commission has adopted its "European Green Deal", a comprehensive package of measures with the aim of a climate-neutral Europe by 2050. A small part of these measures is related to waste management and recycling. » more

EU Commission calls on Austria to improve rules on WEEE

28.11.2019 − The European Commission has set Austria a two-month deadline to remedy shortcomings in national legislation on e-waste management. » more

EU Commission approves Dutch aid to rescue AEB

19.11.2019 − The City of Amsterdam's grant of a temporary €80m loan to its waste-to-energy (wte) company AEB Holding N.V., "which is currently experiencing financial difficulties", has been approved under EU state aid rules, the...» more