NGOs, businesses and ministers push for plastics treaty

The plastics industry, WWF, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Nordic environment ministers are all calling for a global deal to prevent plastic pollution.

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Plastic waste: EU at risk of a surge in illegal disposal, auditors warn

Criminal operators are likely to step in next year when global restrictions on plastic waste exports take effect, with Europe already way off track to meet its medium term recycling targets for packaging, the EU Court of Auditors said on Tuesday


NGOs call for ‘urgent reform’ of end-of-life ship export rules

The EU would violate international treaties and its own environmental laws if it decides to allow the export of ships to developing countries for recycling, a group of NGOs have warned


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 Environmental Bureau


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


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

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