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NPE2015: The untapped value of plastic waste, civil society and industry approaches

2:47 PM MDT | March 24, 2015 | Francinia Protti-Alvarez in Orlando

“There is a lot of value in plastic often found in landfills, a value that is not getting captured [in the right way], because the plastics are either not being sorted the right way or not being utilized. Every year, 280 million m.t. of plastic is...


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European Parliament approves proposal to reduce use of lightweight plastic bags; European Commission to examine environmental impact of "oxo-degradable" plastic bags

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SusChem publishes strategic innovation and research agenda

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Share of renewables in energy consumption increases in Europe

The share of energy from renewable sources in the European Union's gross final consumption of energy was 15.0% in 2013, up from 14.3% in 2012,  according to figures released today by Eurostat (Brussels), the EU statistical office. The European Union's...

EEA environment report 2015: some success and benefits, but "huge challenges" remain

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European Parliament calls for move towards a circular economy

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Italian companies to collaborate in green production of levulinic acid

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Irena: renewable energy can fuel India's economic growth

The International Renewable Energy Agency (Irena; United Arab Emirates) says that renewable energy can fuel India’s economic growth, and that the country “boasts some of the lowest development costs for renewable energy technologies...

ACI 2015: Groups, governments, consider changes to recycling policies

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