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EU predicts ‘waste tsunami’ if world fails to cut down trash

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Sustainable Dev. 09-06-2015

Financial crisis can spur green economies, environment bosses told

The financial crisis could transform European Union countries such as Greece into green economies, if leaders can ignore political pressure to deliver quicker “brown” jobs and growth, heads of European environment protection agencies were told in Brussels.
Sustainable Dev. 23-01-2015

Waste laws will be binned, despite protests

The European Commission’s decision to ditch the Circular Economy package of waste, recycling and incineration laws, was confirmed yesterday (22 January), despite the objections of the EU Parliament and national environment ministers.
Agriculture & Food 18-12-2014

Food waste prevention: what's packaging got to do with it?

Food waste is a largely underestimated problem: Globally, about one third of food produced is wasted. In Europe, this amounts to 90 million tonnes every year. More than 40% of European food waste comes from households, of which 60% is avoidable.
Sustainable Dev. 09-09-2014

CEWEP Waste-to-Energy Congress

Did you know that the energy content of waste incinerated in European Waste to Energy plants equals 19% of natural gas imported from Russia?
Sustainable Dev. 06-06-2014

Teppfa Forum 2014 – Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency and Waste

The EU considers its vision of a circular economy as being the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and re-manufacturing of products has become standard practice and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society.
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Sustainable Dev. 02-05-2014

EU must end landfilling, says top environment official

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The European Union's lead civil servant for the environment has called for a ban on landfilling and warned that separate collection is not enough if the EU is to improve its environmental performance.
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Sustainable Dev. 28-03-2014

Waste business ‘very vulnerable to corruption’

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The waste management business is “very vulnerable” to corruption. More transparency will be needed throughout the chain if the European Union is serious about reaching its resource efficiency goals, according to experts.
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Sustainable Dev. 25-03-2014

Belgium takes out the trash

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Belgium’s waste disposal system - in which residents leave coloured bin bags in the streets for collection - has drawn criticism for being unsightly. But critics may not be aware that the country is considered relative disposal “paradise” amongst experts.
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Sustainable Dev. 25-03-2014

Towards a Resource Efficient Europe - EPR for packaging waste

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.
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Sustainable Dev. 24-03-2014

EU predicts ‘waste tsunami’ if world fails to cut down trash

SPECIAL REPORT / The European Commission is preparing new policy proposals to reduce waste and reach greater recycling rates, in order to move towards a zero-refuse economy.