Plans to cut resource use and waste across the European Union were given a boost today, with the European Parliament adopting their final resolution on amendments to the EU Waste Directives.
The European Parliament voted through increased recycling targets, reinforcing proposals from their Environment Committee in January. Significant gaps remain however, that could allow waste to be unnecessarily sent to landfill and incineration, and leave the growth in bio-based packaging unchecked, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
On 13 February 2007, Members of the European Parliament voted in pioneering waste rules that have led to higher recycling rates across Europe.  They must now keep momentum and vote for more ambitious recycling targets as well as binding measures to reduce waste generation.
Thanks to the 2007 legislation, recycling rates have steadily grown across the EU:
Only 4 months away from the transposition deadline of the EU Plastic bags directive, environmental NGOs including Friends of the Earth Europe celebrate today the 7th edition of International Plastic Bag Free Day. 2016 is a pivotal year which will pave the way towards what NGOs hope, is a European plastic bag free future.
Campaigners from across Europe gathered in Bulgaria recently to discuss plans to tackle resource use, consumption and waste, as part of our programme of European School of Sustainability* events. It proved an inspiring meeting that offered the opportunity to share ideas and experiences and build a united, strong movement, writes Meadhbh Bolger, resource use campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe.
The European Commission today launched its revised proposal to tackle resource use and waste in Europe. The reworked Circular Economy Package is weaker than last year’s axed proposal, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, and lacks the solid foundations required to address Europe’s overconsumption of resources and its global impact.
The European Parliament today voted to back strong waste and recycling targets, and pushed for solutions to the fundamental problem of Europe's resource overconsumption.
The vote comes after the European Commission controversially shelved its flagship piece of waste and resource legislation – the circular economy package – last year. It has since promised to re-table it in a "more ambitious" form.
On International Plastic Bag Free Day, a coalition of environmental and waste prevention organisations urge EU Member States to take measures on environmentally damaging single-use plastic bags in accordance with new EU Directive requirements.
MEPs today sent a strong signal to the European Commission to back truly ambitious rules to reduce resource use, amid concerns that the Commission is planning on watering down its flagship piece of resource use and waste legislation.
There are proven solutions to prevent waste of natural resources, all they need is EU support, according to a new report by Friends of the Earth Europe. Preventing Waste outlines ways in which recycling has been boosted, consumption lowered and products repaired instead of being scrapped. The projects examined all contribute to making the economy more circular – keeping resources in it, rather than sending them to landfill or incineration.