About: Karl Falkenberg

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.

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.
Plastic ready to be recycled in the yard of a company specialising in ecological treatments. [Moreno Soppelsa/Shutterstock].

EU must end landfilling, says top environment official

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.
A young man walks past rubbish, which has piled up by a bin in Napoli, Italy. [Ra Boe/Wikipedia. 2010].

Waste business ‘very vulnerable to corruption’

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.

Belgium takes out the trash

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.

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

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.