Reduction of single-use plastics needs to tie in with circular economy actions and consumption realities in Europe

24 October 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 24 October 2018. The European Parliament approved today its report on the draft Directive on Marine Pollution and Single-use Plastics. “European Bioplastics fully supports the transition from a linear to a circular economy. Bioplastics enable more sustainable solutions for a range of products“, says François de Bie, Chairman of European Bioplastics (EUBP).“We agree [...]

New EU waste rules adopted

26 April 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On 18 April, the European Parliament approved the package to update the EU waste legislation, including a revision of the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Apart from new ambitious recycling and landfilling targets to boost the re-use of valuable materials in waste, the new legislation also acknowledges that bio-based [...]

Biowaste collection and biodegradable plastics discussed at the Bio-waste Conference in Kassel, Germany

26 April 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

From 2023 onwards, separate collection of bio-waste will be mandatory across Europe in order to increase the overall amounts of separately collected waste and to help meet the ambitious recycling targets set out in the new EU waste rules. Yet, the separate waste collection systems (including for bio-waste) still vary widely among the 28 [...]

Barcelona’s historic district starts organic waste collection with compostable biowaste bags

22 March 2018|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

In February 2018, the district of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi, located in a historic part of Barcelona, introduced a door-to-door separate waste collection system as part of the Zero Waste Strategy of the municipality. The project aims to minimise the quantity of waste sent to landfill and, more importantly, to involve citizens in order to make [...]

New studies confirm: biodegradable plastics boost organic recycling and improve mechanical recycling

17 October 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 17 October 2017 – Biodegradable plastics offer innovative solutions to improve recycling quality by facilitating the means for more efficient separate waste collection. This has been confirmed by a recent study jointly released by Corepla, the Italian Consortium for Collecting, Recycling, and Recovering Plastic Packaging, the Italian Composters Consortium (CIC), and Assobioplastiche, the [...]

Revision of EU Fertilizers Regulation: Why we need biodegradable mulch films

5 October 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Biodegradable mulch film © European Bioplastics Berlin, 5 October 2017 – In the light of the upcoming vote of the European Parliament on the revision of the EU Fertilizers Regulation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, calls on the Plenary to confirm what has been approved by [...]

Biodegradable plastics needed to increase recycling efficiency

21 September 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Berlin, 21 September 2017 – In the light of the current debates and consultations on the upcoming EU Strategy on Plastics and the revision of the EU waste legislation, European Bioplastics (EUBP), the association for the bioplastics industry in Europe, echoes the call for greater investments in the implementation of separate recycling streams, made [...]

European Parliament breakfast on biodegradable plastics

31 January 2017|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

On 25 January 2017, at the crossroads of several important dossiers and initiatives concerning the Circular Economy Package, Margrete Auken, Member of European Parliament, hosted a breakfast debate on ‘Clarifying biodegradable plastics and how to put them to proper use’. MEP Auken welcomed a delegation of the Congress’ of the Philippines Ecology Committee – [...]

Studies show benefits of compostable bio-waste bag in Germany

24 November 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The deployment of EN 13432 certified compostable bags in the source-segregated collection of bio-waste continues to be a hotly debated topic. The City of Milan has set a prominent example of the crucial role compostable bags can play in a waste management system poised to maximise the material use of bio-waste. Several other cities and [...]

Revised mandate for home composting standard

28 September 2016|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The EU Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste, as modified by the EU Directive on lightweight carrier bags in 2015, tasked the European Commission to adopt specifications for labels of home compostable plastic carrier bags. Accordingly, in June 2016, the Commission asked the relevant European Standardisation Committee, CEN, to develop a standard on home compostable [...]