Materials and waste We need to stop throwing so much away, and start reducing, reusing and recycling more

18 December 2017

More than two years since the European Commission launched its revised proposals to tackle resource use and waste in Europe, negotiations have come to an end and a new EU law to tackle waste for the next 20 years has been finalised.

The new law will ensure an improvement in waste management across Europe, but does not go far enough to fundamentally address Europe's overconsumption of resources and to reduce absolute waste generation.

3 July 2017

More than seven months after EU Member States were scheduled to start the process of slashing the use of plastic bags through the Plastic Bags Directive, Friends of the Earth Europe and 17 other environmental NGOs join Surfrider and Zero Waste Europe to mark the 8th International Plastic Bag Free Day. In this important year where plastic pollution of ocean is considered a priority global concern, the compliance and ambition levels of EU Member States to reduce plastic bags fall short of expectations.

Croatia, Cyprus, Spain

Europe generates waste at an unsustainable rate. Most European countries still follow an unsustainable, wasteful pattern: extract resources, manufacture products, consume them, and then dispose of them, as cheaply as possible.

 

Friends of the Earth Europe campaigns for reducing, reusing and recycling – practices that are not only good for the planet, but create jobs and are positive for the economy.

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