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EU Commission warns of sanctions for failure to fully transpose waste package

10.06.2021 − Almost a year after the transposition deadline, many EU member states have yet to fully incorporate the provisions of the EU's waste package legislation into national law. » more

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Turkey bans import of polyethylene waste

20.05.2021 − The Turkish government has announced a ban on the import of plastic waste consisting of LDPE and HDPE. The country's plastics industry has sharply criticised the move.» more

EU Commission presents "zero pollution" action plan

14.05.2021 − The European Commission wants to "significantly reduce" waste generation under its action plan "Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil" published on 12 May.» more

Per capita municipal waste arisings in the
EU reach ten-year high in 2019

23.02.2021 − Residents of the European Union continue to generate more waste. According to the most recently released figures from European statistics authority Eurostat, on average Europeans gener-ated 502 kilograms of municipal...» more

EU Parliament backs quotas for recycled content

11.02.2021 − The European Parliament has adopted its report in response to the EU Commission's Circular Economy Action Plan. With a vote of 574 votes in favour, 22 against and 95 abstentions, the Parliament laid out its own...» more

EP backs binding recycled-content targets

28.01.2021 − The European Parliament's Environment Committee has called on the Commission to establish binding recycled content targets that are product and/or sector specific.» more

EU Commission publishes roadmap for textiles strategy

18.01.2021 − The European Commission intends to present its strategy for a sustainable textiles sector in the third quarter of 2021 and recently published its roadmap for the project. Companies, industry associations and individual...» more

EU adopts stricter regulation on plastic waste exports

23.12.2020 − The EU is tightening regulation on exports of plastic waste to non-OECD countries. New rules adopted by the European Commission on 22 December ban the export of plastic waste from the EU to non-OECD countries, except...» more

Eurostat: little improvement on packaging recycling in 2018

14.12.2020 − All in all, the European Union’s 27 member states recycled less packaging waste in 2018 than they did in 2017. Recently released Eurostat data show that the overall recycling rate for packaging declined from 67.5 to...» more

EU Commission plans to raise portable battery collection

10.12.2020 − The EU Commission wants set much higher targets for the collection of portable batteries. The Brussels institution is proposing that the collection target be raised from 45 to 65 per cent as early as 2025. In 2030, the...» more

Operation Retrovirus takes aim at clinical waste crime

03.12.2020 − Concerns have arisen in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak that the pandemic might trigger an increase in illegal treatment and disposal of clinical waste. To address this potential public health threat, the European...» more

China issues final ban on solid waste imports

30.11.2020 − China has now finalised its ban on waste imports, which has long been planned for 1 January 2021. In an announcement released on 25 November, the Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) said that all imports of solid...» more

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

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