2014. december 18.

A European Environment Agency review of member states’ waste prevention plans has indicated that there is “substantial room for improvement”, with most lacking effective measures.

The 20 programmes adopted by the end of last year varied widely in their scope, duration and stringency, the EEA said on Wednesday. Only four specified a financial scheme for waste prevention and 11 a quantitative prevention target.

“The targets range from those linked to total waste to more specific targets linked to specific sectors or waste types, and are either expressed as waste generation in absolute terms, or per person or as waste intensity,” the EEA found.

2014. december 18.

The replacement for the scrapped circular economy package may contain more non-legislative policies to help cut the administrative burden of implementing EU waste goals, environment commissioner Karmenu Vella suggested on Wednesday.

He was speaking to journalists after an Environment Council meeting where ministers heavily criticised the European Commission for wasting time and effort already expended on the circular economy package with its plan to table a replacement proposal.

2014. december 17.

The decision has not been made yet, but the new incinerator in Dél-Pest would be part of the district heating system.

There is a plan to build a new waste incinerator in the sourthern part of Budapest - was read in the newspaper Világgazdaság referring to the assistant general manager of Főtáv Zrt., the capital's teleheating company.

2014. december 15.

Juncker and Timmermans are withdrawing proposals that people want, that are good for our health, economy, and for the environment.

11 countries have already signed a letter sent to Juncker to save both packages. To say either of these packages is not in line with the Commission’s agenda of growth and jobs is ridiculous. They are implementing the agenda of BusinessEurope, which has made it very clear that it wants these proposals axed or, at best, mutilated. If you want a sustainable and healthy future for Europe, sign the petitions below and show that you do care and do not let them wipe away the packages!

2014. december 12.

Killing draft laws designed to prevent 58,000 premature deaths and increase recycling would be economic suicide, say MEPs.

EU plans to tackle air pollution that causes tens of thousands of premature deaths and make countries recycle more of their rubbish are to be scrapped, according to leaked documents.

At risk are a clean air directive designed to reduce the health impacts from air pollution caused by vehicles, industry and power plants, and a waste directive that would set states the target of recycling 70% of waste by 2030.

2014. december 08.

Whenever you look at material produced by the developers and users of energy from waste (EfW) incinerators, you soon come across the phrase “renewable energy”. Vince Cable used the term to describe a new incinerator in Lincolnshire just last week. On the websites of companies such as Viridor, SITA, of councils from Glasgow to London, or of the Green Investment Bank, which has stepped in to fund several EfW projects – incineration is consistently referred to in the terms generally reserved for forms of energy such as wind, wave and geothermal.

2014. december 02.

Eleven member states have urged the European Commission to stand by the air quality and circular economy policy packages tabled by its predecessor.

Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker and the six Commission vice-presidents will meet on Tuesday to draft their work programme and priorities.

2014. december 01.

Major industry groups have signalled their support the EU’s circular economy package of waste and recycling goals, but they are pushing for some major changes to its provisions.

Umbrella lobby group BusinessEurope wants the package to be withdrawn and re-tabled as “an economic piece of legislation” rather than as an environmental one.

2014. november 28.

Reuse pulper, the waste of recycled paper industries, and transform it into second-life plastic: this is the aim of the Eco-Pulplast project.

The project was born in Lucca, the biggest paper industry district in Europe, with 120 firms, over 6,200 employees, with a yearly turnover of more than 3.8 billion EUR and spin-off activities in several other economic sectors.

2014. november 26.

The EU has taken a historic step with the approval with the first piece of legislation aimed at bringing down the use of single-use plastic bags. The compromise allows member States to choose between a plastic bag reduction target of 90 bags per person per year by 2019 and then 40 bags per person per year by 2025; ban the handing out of plastic carrier bags for free by 2018; and ban plastic carrier bags at national level altogether.