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EU action on microplastics ‘under threat’ from lobbyists, says green group

Efforts to cut down on microplastic pollutants risk being undermined before elected officials can have their say because of industry lobbying, according to a new report from the European... Read more

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Interpol finds ‘alarming’ increase in plastic waste crime

Interpol has warned of an ‘alarming increase’ in the ‘illegal plastic pollution trade’ since China put in place curbs on waste imports in 2018, with a growing amount of illegal waste directed to south-east Asia and central and eastern Europe

Waste

Industry group warns ‘plastics tax’ could backfire after government deal

A levy on plastic waste designed to encourage recycling could have the opposite effect, a Brussels-based trade association representing processing firms has warned

Chemicals

Chemical industry claims essential role in plastic recycling

With less than a third of plastic collected in Europe actually being recycled, chemical processing will be essential for the EU to achieve its circular economy goals, the industry association Cefic argues

Chemicals

Campaigners demand strict limits on ‘chemical recycling’ of plastic

Environmental groups have called for EU legislation to limit the use of chemical processes to reform waste plastic, arguing the chemicals industry has yet to demonstrate their safety and efficacy

Waste

NGOs warn of patchy progress on 'Plastic Bag Free Day'

Incoherent application of a 2015 directive to cut plastic bag use means there are wide variations in rules from one country to another, green groups have warned, while progress has stalled on new measures to curb a wider range of single-use plastics

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