Politics

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Environment Committee votes to cut funding for incineration

| Members of the ENVI committee of the European Parliament voted today on the Commission proposal about the Cohesion Fund post-2020. 
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Parliament gives green light to recycled content in plastic bottles

| The European Parliament has approved the report which would make it mandatory to produce beverage containers composed of at least 35% recycled plastic by 2025.
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EUBP: Reduction of plastics needs to tie in with consumption realities

| The European Parliament approved today its report on the draft Directive on Marine Pollution and Single-use Plastics. “European Bioplastics fully supports the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Bioplastics enable more sustainable solutions for a range of products“, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP).

MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021 

| Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks or cotton buds, will be banned in the EU under plans adopted on Wednesday.

Single use plastics: a political or environmental decision?

| The recent, swift developments of the EU Single-use plastics directive proposal are developing at a very worrying speed. The European Parliament and the Council are called to make up their minds in very short time frames, deviating from usual best practices and agreed calendars.

Reviewd Bioeconomy strengthens defossilisation of plastics sector

| The European Commission recently delivered its review of the 2012 European Bioeconomy Strategy. The strategy is a step forward towards ensuring that fossil resources are replaced by sustainable natural alternatives for the production of bio-based products such as bio-based plastics and energy.

Increased collection: cornerstone for higher recycling rates

| Today far too much plastic waste still escapes the European collection systems. Failing to collect plastic waste leads to a loss of valuable resources and at the same time poses a risk to the natural environment.

E-scrap compliance costs much larger than margins

| A study commissioned by the European Electronics Recyclers Association (EERA) has concluded that compliance requirements are substantial.

A new bioeconomy strategy for Europe

| The Commission has put forward an action plan to develop a sustainable and circular bioeconomy that serves Europe's society, environment and economy.

Science must be allowed to prevail in rubber infill debate

| In addition to PAHs, the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) will continue to look into the possible health impacts of other substances contained in the granules and mulches derived from end-of-life tyres (ELTs).

Greener future for batteries

| A new report prepared for the European Commission presents the way for more sustainable batteries by exploring how new battery technologies could be designed to ensure strong performance with minimal environmental impact. Design features which make batteries easier to reuse and recycle are key, it argues.
Christine Becker, pixelio.de

If Americans are expected to recycle, it needs to be made easy

| While traditionally the effort to increase recycling rates has focused on education and awareness, a new study among over 2,000 Americans conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of The Institute of Scrap Recycling (ISRI) suggests action by brands and government may play a significant role as well.

MEPs back EU ban on polluting throwaway plastics

| Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed in the Environment Committee.

Meeting focuses on Brexit and the informal recycling sector

| With BIR holding its latest Convention in London, Brexit and its consequences provided a regular point of debate during the course of the two-day event - most prominently at the International Environment Council meeting on October 6 chaired by Olivier François of Galloo.