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EP Committee votes to add products to single-use plastic bans

10.10.2018 − The Environment Committee of the European Parliament has voted to strengthen certain provisions of the proposed EU Directive on single-use plastics.» more

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France broadens bans on disposable plastic items

03.10.2018 − France will forbid the sale of straws, plastic steak markers, disposable cup lids, meal trays, ice cream pots, salad bowls, boxes and drink stirrers made of conventional plastics as of 2020. The French Assemblée...» more

Worldwide waste arisings to rise by 70 per cent by 2050

21.09.2018 − Without urgent action, global waste arisings will increase by 70 percent compared to current levels by 2050, according to a new study by the World Bank entitled "What a Waste 2.0". The international financial...» more

EU Parliament calls for investment in plastics recycling in Europe

14.09.2018 − The European Parliaments calls on all stakeholders to consider China’s import ban for plastic waste an opportunity for investing in prevention and in “state-of-the-art facilities for collection,» more

EU WEEE collection target reached by most member states

12.09.2018 − The overwhelming majority of the EU countries fulfilled the collection requirement of the EU Directive on e-waste for 2016. A total of 17 member states and Norway achieved the minimum rate of 45 per cent. Five other...» more

De Rugy is France's new environment minister

06.09.2018 − The speaker of the French National Assembly, François de Rugy, was appointed environment minister on Tuesday. He succeeds Nicolas Hulot, who announced his resignation last week. Mr De Rugy pledged in an interview that...» more

French environment minister Nicolas Hulot steps down

28.08.2018 − Nicolas Hulot has resigned as French environment minister. The former journalist, TV moderator and environmental activist announced» more

Limit value for PAH in rubber granulate

16.08.2018 − The Netherlands has proposed an EU-wide limit value for eight PAHs in granules and mulches used in artificial turf pitches.» more

China announces tariffs on scrap imports from the USA

09.08.2018 − China's Ministry of Commerce retaliates against US tariffs on Chinese imports. New Chinese tariffs are to apply to imports of all scrap commodities from the United States, » more

Vietnam and Malaysia restrict waste imports

31.07.2018 − The effect of China's drastic import policy shift for waste continues to ripple throughout Asia.» more

EU consultation on interface between chemical, product and waste law

25.07.2018 − The European Commission seeks opinions on the regulation of the interface between chemical, product and waste law and has launched a public consultation.» more

Plastics strategy: EP environment committee calls for stronger measures

12.07.2018 − The European Commission's plastics strategy advanced another step on Tuesday when the European Parliament’s Environment Committee adopted a draft report responding to the proposal. Following the adoption of numerous...» more

Thailand closes ports to plastic and electronic waste

04.07.2018 − The government of Thailand is banning the imports of e-scrap and plastic waste. The country's Department of Industrial Works (DIW) forbade imports of electronic and plastic waste last week, effective immediately.» more

Vella calls on retailers to participate in plastics campaign

27.06.2018 − In a Tuesday speech, EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella revealed that there were as yet no European retail chains that had entered voluntary commitments on the use of recycled plastics. In his remarks at the...» more

Waste package published in the EU Official Journal

15.06.2018 − The EU waste package's four new Directives have been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, which means their application will start on 5 July 2020. » more

Poland clamps down on illegal waste operations

30.05.2018 − The Polish government announced its intention on Tuesday to tighten controls on waste imports. "It is very often the case that waste is imported for recycling, but we really don't know what actually enters the country,"...» more

EU targets 10 single-use plastic products in new proposals

28.05.2018 − The European Commission presented news rules in Brussels on Monday intended to reduce plastic marine litter. According to the Commission, the rules target 10 single-use plastic products, which together account for 70...» more

Waste package reaches final adoption

22.05.2018 − Representatives of the EU member states adopted the Directives of the EU waste package on Tuesday morning at a meeting of the Education, Youth, Culture and Sport Council. Hungary abstained from the votes on all four...» more

China to loosen import rules for regranulate and PET flakes

17.05.2018 − China is planning to permit the import of high-value PET flakes without import licences. » more

China announces further recyclate import bans

19.04.2018 − China will implement bans on imports of a further 32 types of secondary raw materials in the next two years. The Ministry of Ecology and Environment (MEE) announced on Thursday that imports of sixteen types of solid...» more

EU Parliament adopts Waste Package

18.04.2018 − "The European Parliament has said ‘yes’ to the circular economy by a very large majority. This marks the end of three years of work, but above all it marks the beginning of a challenge for Europe," said MEP Simona...» more

Brexit: EU to seek environmental non-regression clause

11.04.2018 − In its future relationship with the UK, the EU should commit to "no lowering of the standards of environmental protection", according to the EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Speaking at a conference organised by the...» more

China introduces new pollution tax in April

28.02.2018 − Beginning in April, companies in the People's Republic of China will have to pay a new environmental tax. According the stated-owned Xinhua news agency, the Environmental Protection Tax Law which went into effect on 1...» more

Environment Committee votes for waste package compromise

27.02.2018 − The EU waste package cleared another hurdle on the path to final adoption on Tuesday morning when it was adopted by the members of the EU Parliament’s Environment Committee (ENVI). The vote follows confirmation of the...» more

Coreper endorses EU waste package deal

23.02.2018 − Ambassadors of the EU member states decided in a Friday morning meeting to endorse the provisional agreement on the waste package reached in December. The compromise reached two months ago between representatives of the...» more

Frans Timmermans warns against plastic waste incineration

21.02.2018 − There is "urgent work to do", EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans told delegates at the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference in Brussels on Tuesday. Referring to China's decision to limit imports of...» more

Commission releases Strategy on Plastics

17.01.2018 − The EU Commission introduced a package of measures meant to reduce the environmental harm caused by plastic and plastic waste as part of its “Strategy on Plastics in the Circular Economy” on Tuesday afternoon.» more

EU Commission to take action against oxo-degradable plastics

16.01.2018 − The European Commission has recommended EU-wide measures be taken against oxo-degradable plastics. The EU institution announced in a report to the European Parliament and the Council that "a process to restrict the use...» more

EU muncipal waste recycling target set at 55% for 2025

20.12.2017 − EU member states will need to recycle at least 55 per cent of their municipal waste arisings by 2025 under the deal reached by the European Parliament and Council early Monday morning. According to information made...» more

Provisional agreement reached on circular economy package

18.12.2017 − Following "lengthy and tough negotiations" running over half a year, an agreement on amendments to EU waste law has been achieved in Brussels. The negotiations between representatives of the EU Parliament, the Council...» more