About: plastic waste

Commission likely to push for recycled PET in food packaging despite concerns

The European Commission will soon decide whether to allow the use of recycled plastics in food packaging despite some suggesting this could endanger consumer health.
Circular economy 16-02-2022

High recycling rate of PET bottles questioned in new study

PET bottles used as packaging for soft drinks and mineral waters are often touted as the greenest type of plastic, with one of the highest recycling rates in the industry. But those claims are new being challenged by new research.
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Circular economy starts with the right design but it doesn’t end there

The world faces some formidable environmental challenges, from the climate crisis to plastic waste and deforestation, but they are not insurmountable. With a will, and with the right resources, we can tackle them. This is a task for all of...
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Without exhausting all recycling capabilities, the push for circular materials is meaningless

Around 90% of global plastic waste is currently unrecycled. Investing in new technologies and waste systems to treat, manage and recycle this above ground resource is key to Europe’s circularity.

NGOs call for ban on waste shipment out of the EU

NGOs protested outside the European Commission with a giant dragon towering over a map, showing the impact of Europe's waste shipped to the rest of the world.  
Circular economy 06-09-2021

Social cost of plastic pollution more than GDP of India

The pollution, emissions and clean-up costs of plastic produced in 2019 alone could be $3.7 trillion, according to a report released Monday (6 September) by wildlife charity WWF, warning of the environmental and economic burden of this "seemingly cheap" material.
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Health 02-09-2021

Kidney health and climate change: Shedding light on a long-neglected relationship

Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) is often described as the invisible killer, mostly because patients have few or no symptoms until it is too late. On the practical level, this means that the disease, although devastating for both the individual and...
Circular economy 21-05-2021

Turkey bans most plastic imports as EU trash found dumped on roadsides

Greenpeace welcomed a ban by Ankara on imports of most plastic waste after the environmental group said it uncovered exports, some possibly illegal, from Britain and Germany that created “mountains” of trash in southern Turkey. The environmental group said its...
Circular economy 02-02-2021

French MPs recommend more use of washable masks as pollution concerns rise

Faced with the boom of single-use masks in France, the country's National Assembly set up a "flash mission" on the topic and concluded that the wearing of washable facemasks should be recommended to the public. EURACTIV France reports.