13 February 2017

On 13 February 2007, Members of the European Parliament voted in pioneering waste rules that have led to higher recycling rates across Europe. [1] 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:

24 January 2017

MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee today voted through a mixed bag of plans aimed at cutting resource use and waste across the EU. 

1 July 2016

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.

11 March 2016

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.

Bulgaria, School of Sustainability
2 December 2015

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.

9 July 2015

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.

3 July 2015

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.

17 June 2015

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.

9 March 2015

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.

16 December 2014

Plans to reduce Europe's waste and improve its air quality are being abandoned, the European Commission announced today with the release of its new work programme. Friends of the Earth Europe severely condemned the decision to drop what it saw as vital pieces of legislation to improve citizens' health, protect the environment and ensure that Europe's recovery is sustainable and responsible. 


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