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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.
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Extended Producer Responsibility: how does EPR contribute towards a resource-efficiency Europe?

According to the EU Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe, each year in the EU we throw away 2.7 billion tonnes of waste. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) was introduced in the 2008 Waste Review as a means to support the design and production of goods, efficiently using resources during their entire life-cycle. However, EPR is not consistently applied throughout Member States.