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Energy 28-02-2019

As EU tries to make household appliances more efficient, consumers remain to be convinced

European legislation has made appliances like washing machines and dishwashers even more water and energy efficient than washing clothes and dishes by hand. The next step is to connect these appliances to the web and allow them to act independently.
Circular economy 16-11-2018

Urban mining: In search of Europe’s valuable waste

Each year Europe wastes millions of tonnes of valuable metals by landfilling or exporting them. How can policy measures increase the recovery of these materials?
Circular economy 03-07-2018

Thailand: The rich world’s new dumpsite for e-waste

Thailand has become one of the largest dumpsites for electronic waste from developed countries since China’s January ban on the import of plastic waste. EURACTIV’s partner Le Journal de l’environnement reports.
Only one third of e-waste is properly recycled in the EU

Only one third of EU’s e-waste recycled properly

More than two thirds of metal appliances and tech products that are thrown away in the EU are processed illegally and some leak toxins into the environment that can have dangerous health effects. Researchers said Europe has an electronic waste problem.

African nations vow tougher stance on dumping of electronic waste

African nations have called for continent-wide action to staunch the import of electronic waste, including old computers and mobile telephones from Europe where stringent environmental laws make exporting used goods cheaper than disposing of them at home.

New law seeks to limit dumping of e-waste

At least 85% of electrical and electronic waste generated in the European Union will have to be recycled by 2020 under new rules that took effect today (13 August).

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