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28/09/2016

To “REACH” or to Recycle?!

Topic: Waste and recycling


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Investors fear next financial crisis will be climate-related

SPECIAL REPORT / A rushed transition to clean energy triggered by extreme weather events linked to global warming “will be very expensive” to swallow for the economy, investors warned policymakers at an event in Bratislava last week.
Sustainable Dev. 13-09-2016

Fabien de Castilla: Business waste recycling has enormous potential

Only around ten companies currently collect waste from SMEs in France. New laws oblige businesses to separate their waste paper, but big change will not come without bigger incentives, Fabien de Castilla told EurActiv’s partner La Tribune.
Sustainable Dev. 20-06-2016

In the rush to get waste out of landfill, the EU risks losing sight of its recycling targets

Since 2010, billions of euros have been committed for energy from waste (EfW) infrastructure in Northern Europe. This would be sensible if recycling levels remained unchanged, writes Adam Baddeley.
Sustainable Dev. 08-04-2016

Why recycling must be on the agenda of COP22

Those serious about tackling climate change should start recognising the huge untapped potential of recycling as a green partner, writes Ranjit Baxi.

Landfill ban wins Polish backing ahead of EU talks on waste

A European Commission proposal to ban recyclable waste going to landfill won potentially decisive support from Warsaw and the packaging industry as ministers prepare for talks on Friday (4 March) to convince hesitant Eastern European member states.

Tetra Pak: No packaging should end up in landfill

An EU-wide ban on landfill waste would provide a much-needed push for the circular economy by increasing the amount of recycled raw materials available on the market, says Erika Mink.
Sustainable Dev. 02-12-2015

Timmermans defends ambition of new Circular Economy package

The European Commission today (2 December) defended the ambition of the waste and recycling laws which replaced the Circular Economy Package it axed in the drive to cut red tape.

Timmermans: EurActiv’s been very active!

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans today launched the new Circular Economy package of waste and recycling laws – and also revealed himself to be a keen reader of EurActiv.
Sustainable Dev. 30-11-2015

Circular economy plan seeks to unlock EU waste trade

EXCLUSIVE  / The European Commission’s Circular Economy Package, due on Wednesday (2 December), will aim to succeed where policymakers previously failed: ensuring recycled waste is of sufficient quality to be freely traded across borders.
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Regional Policy 30-11-2015

San Jeronimo and Edegem are proud of their compost project

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / The partnership between the Belgian town of Edegem, and the Peruvian municipality of San Jeronimo has been so successful that many other localities in the Latin American country come to visit and study the project that composts organic waste and uses it for agriculture.

New Circular Economy Package ‘less ambitious’ than axed predecessor

The European Commission’s draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for “better regulation”, has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.
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Sustainable Dev. 20-11-2015

Vella: Construction essential for circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / SPECIAL REPORT / Construction will be an essential part of the transition to a circular economy, and can also drive growth, the European Union's Environment Commissioner has said. 
Sustainable Dev. 02-11-2015

EEB: Disruptive businesses vital for ambitious circular economy

Disruptive new business and consumption models are needed to deliver an ambitious circular economy, and it is only the European Commission that can create the conditions for them, the European Environmental Bureau’s Stéphane Arditi has said.
Sustainable Dev. 29-10-2015

New Circular Economy Package takes shape

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission’s new Circular Economy Package will include fresh legislation on waste, fertilisers, and water reuse, “strong commitments” on Eco-design, strategies for handling plastics and chemicals, and “major” funding for innovation, EurActiv has learnt.

Cities, regions and climate change

Cities and regions are leading the fight against global warming, calling for the EU to be zero carbon by 2050, as world leaders prepare for the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) in November.
Sustainable Dev. 23-10-2015

Dow boss: Importing waste to burn it shows the market is working

If the policy is clear enough, the EU’s new circular economy package of waste, incineration and recycling laws could bring intertwined benefits to business and the environment, Dow Chemicals’ Government Affairs boss in Europe told EurActiv.

'Circular economy' must be regulation-light and market-driven, says EPP

EXCLUSIVE / Centre right EU leaders will demand the European Commission ensures its new 'circular economy' package of waste, recycling and incineration laws is based on a light regulatory touch and is driven by market forces.
Sustainable Dev. 23-09-2015

Steel for the packaging industry: A more ambitious Circular Economy Package is needed

The steel for packaging industry is in favour of very high recycling targets, and is concerned by the European Commission’s withdrawal of the revised Circular Economy Package, Alexander Mohr told EurActiv Slovakia, in an exclusive interview.
Sustainable Dev. 21-09-2015

UNEP director: Crises will drive collaboration at COP21

The pressures of international catastrophes, such as the economic and refugee crisis, will drive closer collaboration between countries to fight climate change and create a new circular economy, Surendra Shresta said in an interview with EurActiv.
Sustainable Dev. 17-09-2015

Recycling industry under pressure from falling raw material prices

Businesses are abandoning recycled materials in favour of cheaper virgin materials. The French recycling industry's profits fell by 2% in 2014. EurActiv France reports
Sustainable Dev. 01-09-2015

Only one third of EU's e-waste recycled properly

More than two thirds of metal appliances and tech products that are thrown away in the EU are processed illegally and some leak toxins into the environment that can have dangerous health effects. Researchers said Europe has an electronic waste problem.
Sustainable Dev. 10-07-2015

European Parliament urges donation of supermarket leftovers

The European Parliament on Thursday (9 July) urged EU countries to cut down on waste by getting supermarkets to give their unsold food to charities, rather than destroy it.
Sustainable Dev. 29-04-2015

EU to halve plastic bag use by 2019

The European Parliament passed a law on 28 April to drastically cut down on single-use plastic bags. EurActiv France reports
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Sustainable Dev. 01-04-2015

To “REACH” or to Recycle?!

Over the past decades the European Union has put in place a broad range of environmental legislation to reduce pollution, to better manage the natural resources and overall to contribute to sustainable development goals. Among others, the chemicals legislation has been revised and the use of certain substances has been restricted.