Environment Secretary Michael Gove

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...

Scotland to join EU 2030 commitment to ban all single-use plastics

The Scottish Government has announced that it is matching the EU’s commitment to ban single-use plastics by 2030. According to The Sunday Herald, this decision has been welcomed by...

European Commission launch plastic strategy with the aim of making all plastic packaging recyclable...

The European Commission has announced a plastic strategy with plans to make all plastic packaging on the EU market recyclable or reusable by 2030, in hope of transitioning...

European Commission propose plastic tax to tackle £20 billion shortfall after Brexit

The European Commission has proposed an EU-wide tax on plastics, in order to help aid the £20 billion shortfall in its funding post-Brexit.   EU Budget...
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