About: Waste and recycling

Climate change 02-12-2015

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.
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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.
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Circular economy targets to stay the same, says Vella

Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella Tuesday (31 March) signalled that the European Commission’s resubmitted Circular Economy package would encourage recycling and discourage landfill.
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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.
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Towards a Resource Efficient Europe – EPR for packaging waste

The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.
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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.
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Achieving Environmental and Sustainability goals – Does recycling improve air quality?

Sustainable development depends on real commitments and actions, by real people in the real world – statement from 2002 Johannesburg Earth Summit Declaration. Several voluntary commitments where mentioned at Rio +20 as good practice of industry moving towards improved sustainability. VinylPlus was one of these initiatives. VinylPlus is also referenced in the Green Paper on Plastic Waste published by European Commission on the 7th of March 2013.
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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?