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Lithuania's waste divide

Lithuania seems to be at odds with itself over waste management, striving to reach an ambitious recycling target while at the same time planning to build more incineration plants.






Member States are divided on raised recycling targets

Although research shows some countries don’t put their money where their mouth is when it comes to supporting higher recycling targets, the EU has funded a few interesting projects, including British ones, and banks have introduced standards for financing endeavours which could stimulate European ship recycling. Lydia Heida reports


New political climate offers challenges to green issues

Robin Dyet reflects on last month’s surprise general election result, and where Theresa May’s minority government – propped up by the traditionally climate-change-sceptic DUP and including the return of Michael Gove as secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs – is likely to stand on waste management policy


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Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner in charge of the environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, explains how Member States are being helped to address their waste issues



More steps are taken on the road to a circular economy

The EC has launched the largest international platform to promote recycling of raw materials, while scientists have published a report on the materials critical to a circular economy. And the paper industry is planning to invest €44bn by 2050 to create bio-based products, among others. Lydia Heida reports


Brussels ends 2016 with a flurry of positive activity

The EU is making progress when it comes to the recycling of plastic and glass. Also, steps are being taken to address one of the largest waste streams in member states: construction and demolition. However, the Union is still penny-pinching on the funding of recycling projects.