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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution

    Evidence of microplastic contamination in human gut

    European scientists have detected nine types of microplastics in stool samples from a worldwide sample of subjects, in the first study of its kind. ..
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    • Pollution,Products,Packaging

    Parliament divided over stance on disposable plastics

    MEPs appear divided over how far the EU should go in its response to plastic pollution after debating the European Commission's proposal on disposable single-use ..
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    • Chemicals,Packaging

    Chemicals panel urged to block chromium VI authorisations

    Environmental groups have urged government delegates to reject European Commission proposals to authorise the use of restricted, carcinogenic chromium compounds ..
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    • Climate,Waste & Resources,Products,Packaging

    EC urged to provide bioeconomy funding

    The European Commission should channel funds from the future Horizon Europe scheme into fighting plastic pollution and funding decarbonisation projects, the EU executive was told ..
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    • General Policy,Markets & Corporate,Nature

    EU ‘obstructing global regulation of corporations’

    The European Union is obstructing efforts at the United Nations to develop a binding international treaty to regulate actions by multinational firms that threaten the ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution

    €2bn finance for plastic sea litter projects

    European financiers have committed €2bn for projects which tackle marine pollution, particularly plastics litter ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution,Packaging

    EU auditors query plastic tax proposal

    EU auditors have questioned the European Commission’s proposal to boost the bloc’s budget with a plastic tax in the post-2020 trillion-euro multiannual financial framework (MFF) ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Chemicals,Packaging

    MEPs back tighter limits on POPs

    Concentration limits for persistent organic pollutants in consumer products should be tightened, the European Parliament’s environment committee has agreed, but campaigners remain concerned ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    PVC firms sign new 2025 recycling pledge

    VinylPlus, the European PVC industry’s voluntary sustainable development programme, has announced a commitment to recycle 900,000 tonnes of PVC per year by 2025 ..
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    • Chemicals

    ECHA consults on authorisation for bisphenol A

    Permission would be needed to use or market one of Europe’s most widely-used organic chemicals, alongside 17 others, under plans published on Wednesday by the ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Breaking free from plastic

    Plastic is a hot topic across the continent, and Brussels is no exception. Worryingly, despite ranking fifth on the black list of single-use plastic items, ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Campaigners warn over single-use plastic proposals

    Plans for an EU-wide directive to tackle single-use plastics must ensure that conventional materials are not substituted with bio-based plastics when the reform is implemented, ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Commission urged to abandon plastic clean-up proposal

    An EC single-use plastic directive proposal to require EU plastic makers to solely bear the costs of litter clean-ups should be abandoned, a coalition of ..
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    • Packaging

    French plastic penalty plans could ‘hurt’ consumers’ pockets

    France’s plans to introduce a new penalty system on non-recyclable packaging next year could have unintended economic consequences for consumers and could increase costs for ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Trade groups back mandatory recycled plastics plan

    A European Parliament draft report containing proposals to make it compulsory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025 has ..
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