EU investment bank highlights role of circular economy in Covid-19 recovery

The European Investment Bank, the EU’s public financing institution, has said a circular economy will play an important role in the economic recovery following the coronavirus crisis as it launched... Read more

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Europe's plastic recycling industry ‘shuts down’ due to coronavirus

The closure of processing facilities and record low prices of virgin plastics brought about by the coronavirus have led to the recycling industry ‘closing production’ in Europe, according to a trade body

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Covid-19: EU circular economy plan should be at heart of recovery, says commissioner

The EU’s circular economy action plan should be put at the heart of the economic recovery in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis, environment commissioner Virginijus Sinkevicius told MEPs on Monday


NGOs slam industry bid to scotch disposable plastics restrictions

Environmental groups have criticised plastic manufacturers for ‘capitalising on fears’ amid the coronavirus pandemic to push for delays to EU legislation banning a range of single-use products, and urged policymakers to pursue low-waste alternatives.


Waste industry calls for new landfill targets

European waste industry groups have called on the European Commission to include a cap on the amount of commercial and industrial waste sent to landfill in its circular economy plan in order to promote recycling and incineration for energy recovery


Plastic waste: Spain to introduce producer responsibility scheme in agriculture

A new body claiming to represent 90% of Spanish manufacturers and distributors of agricultural plastic will launch a producer responsibility scheme next year to raise collection and recycling rates for non-packaging plastics used in Spanish agriculture, it emerged last week

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