The European Commission's new Circular Economy action plan, launched today as part of its European Green Deal, contains a patchwork of some positive initiatives on how we produce, consume and dispose of resources and products but will likely fail to prevent runaway resource overconsumption, according to Friends of the Earth Europe.
While Croatian seaside pearl Rijeka boasts of the title “European Capital of Culture 2020“, Zagreb is known as the "EU's capital of trash".
European governments and the European Union must take a lead in halting global ecological collapse, warned Friends of the Earth Europe, in reaction to a major global assessment published today.
In 2018 China shook the global plastic recycling system by banning imports of plastic waste. Since then our plastic production, consumption and waste systems have faced various crises, but also opportunities. A UN meeting on waste trade provides an opportunity to tighten up regulations and hopefully encourage rich countries to reduce plastic consumption and deal with their own plastic waste rather than dumping it on the Global South.
After months of intense negotiations, the EU has agreed much-anticipated laws to slash single-use plastics in the EU. The agreed text is a significant step forward in tackling plastic pollution, but does not fully address the urgency of the plastics crisis, according to Rethink Plastic and Break Free From Plastic.
A huge plastic dragon arrived in the EU quarter today, as the Rethink Plastic alliance called on EU decision-makers not to water down new laws to cut plastic pollution. The detail of the final agreement is currently being negotiated between the European Commission, Parliament and Council.
The European Parliament has leapt forward to protect people and the environment from plastic pollution, but national governments must now show the same ambition, according to the Rethink Plastic alliance.