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What is the EU doing to reduce food waste?

In the EU, food waste is estimated at some 88 million tonnes in a single year, which equates to 173 kilograms per person. The total amount of food produced in the EU in 2011 was around 865 kg/person. This means that we are wasting 20 % of the total food produced. In this context, citizens turn to the European Parliament to request information on what the EU is doing to reduce food waste, as well as calling for European legislation to end food waste in every country in Europe, including several petitions introduced on this matter. Continue reading

Plastic bags: EU’s response to reducing consumption

Citizens want to know what the EU is doing to reduce the consumption of plastic bags given the negative impact on marine wildlife and the environment. In the EU, plastic carrier bags are considered as packaging under Directive 94/62/EC. The use of plastic carrier bags result in littering and an inefficient use of resources. Moreover, … Continue reading

Microplastic pollution

Written by Dessislava Yougova, Microplastics, items smaller than 5mm in diameter, are widespread in the marine environment. They enter directly as fragments from a variety of sources (cosmetics, clothing, industrial processes) or indirectly as a result of the disintegration of larger plastic pieces. Microplastics are of environmental concern because their size renders them accessible to a wide range of … Continue reading

Understanding waste streams: Treatment of specific waste

Written by Didier Bourguignon Waste streams are flows of specific waste, from its source through to recovery, recycling or disposal. Together they make up the overall waste treated in the European Union (4.6 tonnes per capita in 2012). Waste streams can be divided into two broad types: streams made of materials (such as metals or … Continue reading

Putting its money where its mouth is: reducing waste at the EP

Written by Gregor Erbach One third of food produced globally may be wasted – at a time when many don’t have enough to eat. We can all play a part in reducing this waste, and its role as co-legislator, the European Parliament has had a great influence on waste-related legislation in Europe. It is therefore … Continue reading

Waste reduction: rubbish bins on a diet

Written by Didier Bourguignon Are you ready for the European week for waste reduction? Action will take place across Europe to raise awareness about the ‘3 Rs’: Reduce waste, Reuse products, Recycle material from 22 to 30 November 2014. This year’s focus will be on food waste.  All that food … Did you know that in … Continue reading

Reducing the use of lightweight plastic carrier bags

Europeans use about 100 billion plastic carrier bags every year. Some of these are dropped as litter, ending up in the environment, where long-lasting plastics accumulate and harm wildlife. Most EU Member States have initiatives to curb the use of plastic bags. A proposed EU Directive aims to encourage and enable action by all Member … Continue reading

Plastic bags, forever?

Written by Dessislava Yougova Updated in April 2015 Plastic bags save energy and reduce CO2 compared to alternative materials, are useful in transporting food and prevent food waste by keeping food products fresh. They are part of a flourishing industry. But plastics can persist in the environment for hundreds of years and plastic waste is … Continue reading

Plastic waste

Research shows that plastic production increases with GDP: production during the past decade equalled that of the entire 20th century. The same characteristics that make plastic ubiquitous – durability, light weight and low cost – make its disposal problematic. In this context, ongoing discussions on better handling the problem of plastic waste are part of … Continue reading

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