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Circular economy 18-04-2018

Europeans will have to recycle half of their waste by 2025

European households and businesses will have to recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste by 2025, according to stricter new rules passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday (18 April).
Circular economy 19-10-2017

Packagers warn against EU waste policies eroding single market

Ahead of negotiations to finalise the revision of EU packaging waste legislation, the European packaging industry is calling for the free movement of packaged goods to be safeguarded. EURACTIV's media partner edie.net reports.
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Agrifood 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.

French government and plastics lobby clash over Bisphenol A

The French government wants to ban the use of the chemical bisphenol A in plastic packaging in 2015. The plastics industry has responded by saying the government is being "unrealistic" about the challenges this change will produce. EURACTIV France reports
Fresh vegetables at a market. [Shutterstock/Sunlover].

The sustainable sourcing of materials is crucial to the circular economy

SPECIAL REPORT / The sustainable sourcing of raw materials is a crucial phase at the beginning of the economic cycle. Yet this initial sourcing phase has so far been largely neglected by targeted EU resource efficiency policies. “But it’s time for change,”, said WWF, Unilever and the Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE).

Green campaigner: Incineration causes more problems than it solves

Touted by some as a two-fold solution to the EU's energy and waste problems, incineration is not the answer the EU looking for as it debates changes to its waste and landfill rules, argues Ariadna Rodrigo.
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Agrifood 12-06-2012

Food Waste: Cutting losses along the supply chain

In response to the European Commission's study that estimated annual food waste in the EU at approximately 179kg per person, the European Parliament adopted a resolution in January 2012 on how to avoid food waste. The resolution is aimed at identifying a series of strategies for a more efficient food chain in the EU. Among these strategies, the design of new packaging that will increase longevity of goods plays an important role. How achievable is the 50% reduction of food waste by 2025? What measures should be taken to reach this objective?
Climate change 23-02-2005

Brief – Packaging: recycling deadlines postponed for EU-10

EU ministers have rubber-stamped an agreement to postpone the deadline for packaging waste recycling and recovery schemes in the ten new EU member states.
Competition 16-02-2005

Brief – EU court rules blocked packaging merger lawful

The Commission's blocking in 2001 of the merger between Tetra Laval (packaging, Switzerland/Sweden) and Sidel (plastic bottles, France) has been definitively overruled by the European Court of Justice (ECJ).
Climate change 15-12-2004

German drinks packaging deposit system ruled illegal

The European Court of Justice has ruled the German system of mandatory return and deposit of drink packages illegal on the basis that it imposes disproportionate trade restrictions on other EU producers.