Policy

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

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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

UK Environment Bill to pave the way for waste system revamp

17.10.2019 − The UK’s Conservative government has introduced its long-promised “Environment Bill" with a wide range of measures in various areas including waste and resources.» more

Netherlands will apply hefty tax to RDF imports as of 2020

18.09.2019 − Despite widespread waste management industry opposition, the Dutch is government is moving ahead with plans to tax wastes imported for incineration beginning on 1 January 2020. The measure would expand an existing tax...» more

Virginijus Sinkevičius nominated as EU Environment Commissioner

10.09.2019 − The President-elect of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen has introduced her future team. The Environment and Oceans portfolio is slated to go to Virginijus Sinkevičius, » more

No EU plans for an artificial turf ban

24.07.2019 − The European Commission has distanced itself from media reports that it plans to ban artificial turf playing surfaces. » more

New European action plan for the circular economy

17.07.2019 − The President-elect of the EU Commission wishes to continue the current Commission's circular economy policy. Ursula von der Leyen described the circular economy as "key for developing Europe’s future economic model" in...» more

Indonesia to return eight RCP containers to Australia

10.07.2019 − Indonesian Customs officials will order eight containers of waste paper to be returned to Australia, after determining that the material contained household and hazardous waste. The Directorate General of Customs and...» more

Dutch government still working out details
of planned tax on waste imports

07.07.2019 − The Dutch government caught the European waste management industry off guard with plans to introduce a tax on foreign wastes imported for landfilling or incineration. According to a letter sent to the Parliament by...» more

Austria to ban most plastic carrier bags

03.07.2019 − Beginning next year, it will be illegal to sell or distribute plastic carrier bags in Austria. The ban adopted yesterday be the lower house of the Austrian Parliament allows for a transition period until the end of...» more

Single-Use Plastics Directive published in the EU Official Journal

14.06.2019 − The new Directive "on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment" appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 June and will enter into force 20 days thereafter.» more

Nine EU member states late to implement Ship Recycling Regulation

06.06.2019 − The European Commission will open infringement proceedings against nine member states for failing to fully implement the EU Ship Recycling Regulation. » more

Council approves new legislation on single-use plastics and fertiliser

22.05.2019 − The new EU Single-Use Plastics Directive and the Fertiliser Regulation were officially adopted by the member states at a Council meeting on Tuesday.» more

Basel Convention signatories agree to
tighten waste plastic export rules

13.05.2019 − The signatories of the Basel Convention reached an agreement in Geneva last Friday on new rules that will govern international shipments of waste plastics as of 1 January 2021. From that point on, only single-polymer...» more

EU Commission clears €54m subsidy for wte plant in Poland

17.04.2019 − The European Commission has approved plans to support the construction of a waste-to-energy (wte) cogeneration plant located in Olsztyn in the Northeast of Poland under EU State aid rules.» more

Strong support for Single-Use Plastics Directive

27.03.2019 − The European Parliament has strongly endorsed the Single-Use Plastics Directive in its plenary meeting on Wednesday. » more

UK government issues Brexit warning to waste exporters

26.03.2019 − The British government is warning waste exporters that they should review their contingency plans in preparation for shipment disruptions in the event of a no-deal Brexit. In a joint statement issued Monday afternoon,...» more

Poland and the Czech Republic pledge joint action against illegal waste imports

14.03.2019 − Poland and the Czech Republic plan to cooperate more closely on combating illegal waste shipments. The countries signed a declaration on the problem of illegal transfrontier waste shipments of waste at the end of...» more

Transition period for Indian import ban

12.03.2019 − The Indian government is prepared to allow recyclers an additional six months to comply with the import ban on solid plastic waste that it imposed last week. According to a memorandum from the Indian Ministry of...» more

Commission puts Poland and Slovakia
on notice over sub-par landfills

11.03.2019 − The EU Commission has taken action against Poland and Slovakia for continuing failures to comply with the Landfill Directive. This is the second warning for Slovakia, meaning that the Commission could refer the case to...» more

India bans waste plastic imports

07.03.2019 − India's Ministry of Environment has banned the import of solid plastic waste into the country. The ban also applies to Special Economic Zones (SEZ) and Export-Oriented Units (EOU), » more