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Reuse and recycling are key to tackling Europe’s waste problem

European Union Member States face a dilemma on how to deal with the millions of tonnes of waste generated in Europe every year, amid a growing number of bans and tougher international rules on the export of certain waste to other countries. There is growing concern over the impact of such waste on the environment and our health, as well as the impacts of increased resource extraction, production a...
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What are European countries doing to tackle plastic waste?

Despite some promising efforts to address the growing problem of plastic waste like banning plastic shopping bags or straws, specific prevention targets for different plastic waste are still not widespread in Europe, according to a European Environment Agency (EEA) assessment published today. Only nine countries have explicit targets in place for plastic waste prevention. The EEA report ‘Preven...
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Black Friday shopping hurts the environment

On the busiest shopping days of the year, here's how your consumer habits could impact the environment: How you'll buy it According to a consumer survey released by Deloitte, the average shopper plans to spend 20 percent more in 2018 than they did in 2017. Fifty-seven percent of that will be spent online instead of in brick-and-mortar stores, a shift from past years. How consumers choose ...
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Water pollution – the drastic impact it is having on our environment.

Why is water an environmental concern? Water pollution is an increasingly dangerous problem, affecting people across the world. Some people believe that water pollution is an unavoidable result of human activity. That, if we want to have cars, ships, factories and oil, we must predict and accept pollution to some extent. However, this is far from the truth. The economic cost of water polluti...
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Plastic in the ocean: the facts, effects and new EU rules

The results of today’s single-use, throw-away plastic culture can be seen on sea shores and in oceans everywhere. Plastic waste is increasingly polluting the oceans and according to one estimation, by 2050 the oceans could contain more plastic than fish by weight. New EU rules, adopted by Parliament's environment committee on 10 October, tackle lost fishing gear and the 10 single-use plastic pr...
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