European Parliament calls for better ecodesign

The European Parliament (EP) has released a new report calling for better ecodesign and has voted in favour of measures to make consumer goods longer-lasting and repairable.   This...
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Single-use plastics to be banned under new EU rules

The European Commission (EC) has proposed new EU rules to target the 10 most single-use plastic items found in Europe’s oceans and beaches, including plastic...
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New report examines if the UK can meet EU recycling targets

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has launched the first of two new reports examining how the UK can meet the new recycling targets (weight-based) proposed by...
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European Council adopt waste package

The European Council has adopted the waste package which outlines new rules for waste management and creates a legally binding target for recycling.  Member states...
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Government announces new Bill to provide environmental protection after Brexit

The UK Government has announced a new Environmental Principles and Governance Bill to ensure that environmental protections will not be weakened post-Brexit.   A consultation has started on the...

France to harmonise recycling collections and aim for 100% recycled plastic use by 2025

The French Government has announced that it will harmonise the types of materials collected and the colour of bins, as part of its Circular...

European Parliament backs recycling targets under circular economy package

The European Parliament has backed new recycling targets as part of the circular economy legislation.   Europe's recycling rate is 44% currently, but it is hoped that by 2025, these targets will see...

UK to stick to EU recycling targets

The UK is to stick to the EU recycling targets, despite previous opposition, and is set to back the goal of recycling two-thirds of...
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FEAD calling for lower or zero VAT rates on recycled content following European Commission...

FEAD has welcomed the European Commission’s (EC) release of new VAT proposal rates but is urging for them to be used for a lower or zero VAT rate...

UK campaigning against EU 65% recycling target, according to leaked document

Evidence from Greenpeace Unearthed has found that the UK is opposing proposed EU recycling targets during negotiations with Brussels, despite pledging to develop “ambitious” recycling goals.   Leaked notes from...
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