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    • Waste & Resources,Pollution,Products,EU's Circular Economy,Packaging

    Policy briefing: the EU’s single-use plastic directive

    Member states and representatives of the European Parliament agreed in December on a range of measures to tackle pollution from single-use plastics that are expected ..
    Analysis
    • Waste & Resources,Pollution

    Uncertain risk of microplastics pollution, scientists say

    Nano- and microplastics (NMPs) levels do not pose a widespread risk to the environment or human health unless in high concentrations, scientists have concluded ..
    News
    • Waste & Resources

    Recyclers see plastics target as ‘practically impossible’

    The quality and availability of recycled plastics materials (rPM) needs to improve “drastically” if the level of re-use envisaged in the EU's plastics strategy is ..
    News
    • Products,Markets & Corporate

    New appliance labelling to ease recycling

    Manufacturers have begun marking large home appliances which contain fluorinated-gases and vacuum insulation panels to enable better end-of-life sorting for recyclers ..
    News
    • Pollution,Products,Packaging

    EU regional panel calls for toxic-free plastic by 2025

    If the EU is to achieve its goal of creating a circular economy, the bloc should in principle not allow the marketing of products that ..
    News
    • Pollution,Products,Packaging

    Lawmakers agree extent of EU plastics ban

    European Parliament and EU Council negotiators have agreed restrictions on a range of disposable plastic products after all-night talks yielded a legislative text ..
    News
    • Pollution,Products

    Plastics: Governments and MEPs align on ‘polluter-pays’ principle

    The EU Council and the European Parliament appear to be moving nearer to a common position on the disposable plastics directive, according to a draft ..
    News
    • Waste & Resources

    EU exporting bad waste management?

    A proposal by a small number of MEPs to allow EU subsidies to waste burning plants only in the outermost regions could result in an ..
    Comment
    • Waste & Resources

    Waste firms: shipping rules threaten plastics market

    A Norwegian proposal to tighten controls on the shipment of plastic waste under a UN global convention could thwart the development of an EU recycling ..
    News
    • Waste & Resources,Products

    Industry platform to foster recycled plastics market

    A new industry platform has been set up by the European Commission to encourage the development of the recycled plastics market ..
    News
    • Waste & Resources,Products

    Ecodesign: governments push repair over recycling

    Campaigners have welcomed a decision by European governments to compel manufacturers to make refrigerators more easily repairable, as they concluded the first of a series ..
    News
    • Pollution,Products,Packaging

    Plastic bottle measure could cost €8.7bn, says sector

    European Commission proposals to require plastic drinks bottles to have tethered caps to prevent litter could cost firms up to €8.7bn, according to new industry-commissioned ..
    News
    • Waste & Resources,Products,Packaging

    Denmark unveils Plastics Action Plan

    Denmark is to set up a national plastics centre to identify barriers to recycling and reuse of plastics, as central parts of a new government ..
    News
    • Waste & Resources,Chemicals,Products

    Call to force carpet industry to go circular

    Campaigners and a handful of carpet manufacturers have called on legislators to push the industry as a whole towards a more circular business model ..
    News
    • Energy,Waste & Resources,Products

    Commission accused of weakening ecodesign rules

    Environmental groups have accused the European Commission of weakening proposals to make consumer appliances more durable and easily repairable after lobbying by industry ..
    News
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