18 May 2013

In Europe, we currently waste over 500 kilograms of waste per person every year. And to make this worse, 60% of that waste ends up being landfilled or incinerated. [1]

Worryingly, incineration is still rising in Europe, and is being funded with taxpayers' money from the EU budget.

Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, Hungary
14 February 2013

Brussels, February 14, 2013 – Europe is failing to manage its resources sustainably, unnecessarily sending valuable materials to incineration and landfill, according to a report published today by Friends of the Earth Europe. [1]

The European Union currently landfills and incinerates 60% of municipal waste. Valuable materials which could be recycled or re-used are being thrown away as rubbish, contributing to demand for more raw materials.  

24 May 2012

As pressure on world's natural resources increases rapidly, European Parliament showed overwhelming support today for measuring Europe's use of resources, in a step towards a resource efficient future, including full incorporation of resource efficiency into the Europe 2020 economic agenda. However, Europe will not make the most of the environmental, economic and social benefits of resource efficiency without clear targets to reduce, in absolute terms, Europe's consumption of resources, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.

25 April 2012

European politicians laid foundations for a resource efficient Europe today, with wide political support shown for the need to measure Europe's resource use. This is a crucial first step towards reducing Europe's resource use, according to Friends of the Earth Europe, but the European Commission must follow suit in order for Europe to gain the benefits greater resource efficiency brings.

18 November 2011

Five thousand people in Trafalgar Square, London, received a free lunch made from fresh ingredients saved from being chucked, as Friends of the Earth help highlighted the scandal of food waste at the Feeding the 5,000 event.

The event highlighted the 16 million tonnes of food wasted in Britain every year and asked individuals, businesses and the government to stop it happening.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
10 November 2011

Europe imports huge amounts of resources; but exactly how much, and at what cost? Is Europe consuming natural resources responsibly; or irresponsibly over-consuming, without consideration of the impacts?

Austria, Czech Republic, England, Wales and Northern Ireland, France, Hungary, Italy
14 September 2010

Brussels, September 14 - At least 500,000 new jobs would be created in Europe if countries recycled 70% of their waste finds a new study, 'More Jobs, Less Waste', launched by Friends of the Earth today. [1] This is the recycling rate already achieved by Flanders in Belgium.

President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso has called for the creation of 3 million new green jobs by 2020 in his 'State of the Union' [2] speech to the European Parliament; this study shows that a significant portion of this target could be achieved through increased recycling across Europe.

7 October 2009

Brussels, 7 October - Europe throws away resources worth over 5 billion euros every year by landfilling or incinerating materials that could be recycled, Friends of the Earth Europe reported today [1]. At the same time, Europe is importing ever-increasing quantities of materials from the rest of the world [2].


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