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Delay to microplastics crack-down causing huge environmental damage, campaigners warn

Delay to microplastics crack-down causing huge environmental damage, campaigners warn

Environmental campaigners have warned the European Commission against further delaying plans to restrict the use of microplastics, which keep “flooding into the environment” despite “the existence of... Read more

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Brussels government signs ‘zero waste’ charter

The Belgian capital has become the first northern European city to sign up a Zero Waste Cities programme run by environmental campaigners, with the regional government initially pledging to cut the generation of trash generated by a fifth to 2030.

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‘Trash is cash’: 7 key elements of proposed EU waste shipment reforms

The EU executive wants to ensure Europe deals with its own rubbish, rather than allowing exports to countries that often lack the capacity to deal with it sustainably. Here are the main points.

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Waste sector makes case for incineration in green taxonomy

Waste-to-energy should be included in the EU’s list of sustainable investments to help member states move away from landfilling, a group of waste sector associations has said.

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Harmful chemicals widespread in used fabric, find retailers

A group of major retailers has discovered that shredded cotton, wool and polyester destined for recycling can contain hazardous chemicals including phthalates, flame retardants and heavy metals.

Waste

Industry and campaigners join forces over deposit-return scheme rules

The European Commission must establish minimum criteria for deposit return systems, which are currently being introduced piecemeal in a number of EU member states, according to Natural Mineral Waters Europe, UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe and Zero Waste Europe.

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