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News round-up 13/2

Land spreading consultation; Eunomia reviews European waste management; Shoes recycling initiative; Plastics waste in ocean

EA consults on waste use in construction and land spreading

The Environment Agency has launched a consultation on amending rules on waste use in construction and reclamation activities.

It also seeks views on revised regulations on land spreading and digestate storage. The changes introduce restrictions affecting land spreading and storage activities which will give better environmental protection.

The consultation closes on 20 March and is available here.

Press Release

Eunomia to review countries’ waste management

Consultancy Eunomia has been asked by the European Commisson’s DG Environment to conduct a review of the municipal waste management plans of eight EU member states.

They are Ireland, Malta, Slovenia, Hungary, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus and Croatia.

Ann Ballinger, senior consultant at Eunomia who will be leading the company’s work on the project, said: “Many countries still face issues as they seek to meet the targets under the EU waste acquis. Many have recently completed their waste management plans, as required under the Waste Framework Directive.

“Our aim is to understand the quality of these and whether the concrete actions being taken are likely to lead to the outcomes being envisaged. We will be developing roadmaps for the countries where we feel there is a gap between the two, and where they may be able to improve their performance.”

Press Release

Clarks in shoes recycling initiative

Shoe retailer Clarks has re-launched their partnership with recycler Recyclatex and Unicef to help improve access to education for children across the world.

The ‘ShoeShare’ initiative encourages Clarks customers throughout the UK to gather their old or unwanted shoes and donate them at collection points in more than 450 stores nationwide, which are run by Recyclatex.

For every tonne of shoes received, a donation is made to Unicef by Clarks which goes towards their education programmes around the world.

Press Release

Scientists estimate ocean plastic waste

About eight million tonnes of plastic waste find their way into the world’s oceans each year, say scientists.

The new study is said to be the best effort yet to quantify just how much of this debris is being dumped, blown or simply washed out to sea.

The details were released at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

BBC News

 

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