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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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    • Chemicals,Nature

    New GMO authorisations highlight regulatory dilemma

    The European Commission has authorised two strains of genetically modified maize for use in food and animal feed, having been forced to make the decision ..
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    • General Policy,Nature

    New lab-altered crops are GMOs, EU court rules

    Plant strains whose genone has been tweaked using advanced laboratory techniques are GMOs and should be subject to strict control before marketing or release into ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Firms 'risk' being sued over plastic pollution

    Companies that generate plastic waste could face tougher regulation, possible damage to their reputation, and find themselves in court, the lawyers' group Client Earth warned ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Recyclers and NGOs demand law on minimum reuse of plastic

    Only the imposition of a legal obligation will ensure manufacturers use more recycled plastic in their products, an alliance of trade groups and NGOs have ..
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    • Waste & Resources,EU's Circular Economy,Packaging

    Austrian presidency: Time to tackle plastic waste

    The Austrian presidency will play a crucial role in the conclusion of important legislative dossiers before the end of the legislature term ..
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    • Transport

    Analysis casts doubt on natural gas as future shipping fuel

    Switching to liquified natural gas is a costly and ineffective way of reducing the shipping industry’s greenhouse gas emissions, according to a new study commissioned ..
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    • Waste & Resources

    Governments critical of EU drinking water proposal

    Environment ministers rejected on Monday proposals requiring free drinking water in public places that the European Commission hopes would help reduce the use of disposable ..
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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution

    Council and Parliament to ‘give priority’ to single-use plastic

    The EC's proposal to restrict the use of disposable plastic products will be treated as a matter of priority by the EU Council and European ..
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