17 November 2017

Friends of the Earth Europe, together with an alliance of European-wide civil society organisations, has sent an open letter to Environment Ministers from all EU Member States urging them to support more ambitious measures ahead of final negotiations on amendments to EU waste legislation. We call for binding reduction targets for marine litter and food waste, and higher recycling targets.

26 September 2017

Plastic is one of the fastest-growing pollutants in the world. However, real solutions already exist to the plastic pollution crisis. Ahead of its proposed Plastics Strategy, and together with the Rethink Plastic alliance, we're calling on the European Commission to show global leadership with an ambitious strategy and binding legislation.

10 July 2017

Rethink Plastic - a new European alliance to cut plastic use, of which Friends of the Earth Europe is a member - has sent an open letter to the European Commission calling on them to propose strong and harmonised EU legislation within the EU Strategy on Plastics – due to be published at the end of 2017. Copies of this letter have been sent to Vice-Presidents Timmermans and Katainen, and Environment Commissioner Vella.

4 July 2017

Amigos de la Tierra/Friends of the Earth Spain undertook this report which looks at the separate collection of biowaste in six different cities and municipalities in Spain. A survey of 40 questions was carried out, including demographic characteristics, amounts and types of collected biowaste, collection and treatment options used, costs, products sold and production process, emissions and carbon footprint information and jobs created.

19 January 2017

There is an increasing trend towards replacing conventional fossil-based plastics with "green-sounding" bioplastics. However, this paper shows that bioplastics do not solve many of the problems we are facing with plastic pollution and overconsumption and in fact cause new ones. The real issue at stake is the pressing need to reduce all plastic use. The EU must ensure that this is reflected in all potential policies and initiatives relevant to plastics and bioplastics.

20 October 2016

19 civil society organisations across Europe have signed a statement and launched an online petition regarding food waste. The statement was sent to key European decision-makers and highlights the need to drastically cut our food waste by introducing binding measures in EU waste legislation as part of the flagship circular economy package. 

11 October 2016

Eleven civil society organisations, including NGOs, think tanks and progressive business groups, have written a joint open letter to all 28 EU Environment Ministers, calling on them to adopt ambitious and binding recycling targets. The European Council is currently debating changes to EU waste laws, which were proposed in December 2015 by the European Commission as part of their Circular Economy Package. The legislative proposals on waste include setting common EU targets for recycling waste by 2030.

18 May 2016

The revised Circular Economy Package, published in December 2015, became a victim of the so-called better regulation agenda of the European Commission. Under the pressure of business lobby groups, it was transformed from a proposal having, primarily, a sustainability approach, recognising resource scarcity and planetary limits, into a proposal geared around economic and short term considerations.

10 May 2016

The European Commission's revised Circular Economy Package, published in December 2015, is weaker and less ambitious than the original version that was withdrawn in 2014, but there’s a chance to fix this.

As the European Council and Parliament begin to put together their positions on the revised waste directives, this briefing by 11 organisations, including Friends of the Earth Europe, offers ten key improvements to get the package back on track.

25 November 2015

Based on leaked drafts of the European Commission’s revised waste and resource legislation - the Circular Economy Package - this briefing report analyses the key points involved and the expectations of Friends of the Earth Europe for the proposal.

After last year’s Package was controversially shelved, the Commission has promised to release the proposals in a "more ambitious" form on Wednesday, 2 December, 2015.