Environment

Policy matters

Recycling

Danish initiative looks at chemicals that could prevent recycling of products
14/07/2016
Denmark's Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published at the end of March 2016 the results of a study to define a methodology for identifying whether hazardous chemicals in products make it difficult to recycle those products (Kemiske stoffer i forbrugerprodukter, der kan hindre genanvendelse...
Steps taken to eliminate barriers to the circular economy
31/03/2016
Two new initiatives, from the European Commission and the Dutch government respectively, aim to eliminate legal barriers that hold up the cross-border trade in raw materials obtained from waste, and illustrate the benefits for the circular economy of cooperation between regulators. This is in line...
Economy of plastics must go circular, report argues
26/01/2016
The environmental costs arising from the production and use of plastic currently outweigh the plastic industry's global profits, but a “new plastics economy” based on circular principles is possible, according to a new report from the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the World Economic Forum. The...
Project proposes policy packages for servitisation
13/07/2015
Servitisation, or selling the functions offered by a product rather selling the product itself, could play a major role in a more circular economy in the future. Servitisation already exists in a number of forms, such as the leasing or hire of vehicles or appliances, but in many other areas there...
Keeping track of WEEE
26/03/2013
Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags can be used to ensure that waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE) is correctly processed, and that reuse of components and recycling of materials is maximised, according to a European Union funded project with pilot initiatives in the Czech...
Belgian Catalogue of Recycled Products goes European
28/07/2011
Raise awareness on recycled products and make them more easily available to European potential buyers. A free European Catalogue of recycled products will soon be available.
Waste is food: going all the way on sustainability
27/10/2010
Ten European regions have created a network to share best practice in waste prevention and management by applying the cradle-to-cradle concept for sustainable development. The idea that there is no such thing as waste, only raw materials yet to be put to good use, underpins the cradle-to-cradle...
Taking a united approach to battery recycling
15/02/2009
The new EU Battery Directive came into force in October 2008 and is set to change how spent batteries are processed at national level. Some Member States have already been showing the way. Following in the footsteps of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directive, the Battery...