A new European Environment Agency (EEA) report calls for greater efforts to prevent the build-up of hazardous waste across Europe.​ The EEA report investigates the effective implementation of Member State’s waste prevention programmes. It looks at the different waste streams that are considered to be most dangerous to human health and the environment. This latest study looks at current trends in hazardous waste generated both throughout the EU based on the latest data available. It provides an overview of waste prevention objectives, targets, indicators, and measures.

Antwerp will host the International Solid Waste Association world conference 2015 from 7th to 9th Sept. 2015. Interested ENEP members should consult the website are interested in this event? A call for abstracts to shape the ISWA 2015 Committee invites authors to submit abstracts for presentation within any of the ISWA themes. The Submissions are welcome for oral and online poster presentations. Please note the deadline for abstract submissions is 9am on 11th December 2014.

21st – 22nd October 2014 in Frankfurt

In cooperation with ENEP

Green Week 2014 took place in Brussels between 3 and 5 June under the theme Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste. During the conference, there was a clear consensus that binding waste targets set at EU level are necessary to drive the change from a linear to a circular economy.

Green Week is the biggest annual conference on European environment policy. The 2014 edition of Green Week will take place from 3 to 5 June 2014 at The Egg Conference Centre in Brussels. This year's theme is ‘Circular Economy, Resource Efficiency & Waste’. ENEP will be among the around 40 exhibitors displaying, among others, green business solutions, NGO activities and local and regional authorities. Our stand will provide delegates with information about ENEP and the opportunities to work with other professionals throughout Europe on waste and resource efficiency issues.

In a vote on the Environment Committee’s proposals to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic bags in the EU, MEPs have approved obligatory reduction targets – 50 per cent by 2017 and 80 per cent by 2019 compared to 2010 – and mandatory charging by 539 to 51 votes. 72 parliamentarians abstained. “As front-running countries have demonstrated, dramatically reducing the consumption of these disposable bags is easily achievable with coherent policy,” said rapporteur Margrete Auken (Greens/EFA).

A new mobile phone application developed by the European Environment Agency is hoped to help tackle the problem of marine litter. As a result of our unsustainable consumption patterns, large amounts of waste, including plastic debris, are accumulating in Europe’s oceans and coastal areas and pose a serious danger to marine wildlife and human health.

The 16th European Forum on Eco-innovation will take place in Hannover, Germany between 7th and 8th April 2014 under the theme ‘Wasted Potential! Towards Circular Economy in Cities’. The event, which has been initiated by the European Commission (Directorate General for the Environment), will bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including finance, business and research, to discuss key issues, common objectives, challenges and opportunities regarding the transition to a circular economy in an urban context.

Following a compromise reached between rapporteur Margrete Auken from the Greens/EFA and other political groups, the European Parliament’s Environment Committee has approved both mandatory charging in the food sector and an 80% reduction target for lightweight plastic bags by 2019. Compromise amendments have been accepted ahead of a vote on 10th March on the European Commission’s proposal to reduce plastic bag consumption throughout Europe.

The European Commission is taking Slovenia to Court for its failure to comply with the requirements of EU waste legislation. The Commission's concerns relate to two illegal landfills containing hazardous waste, one near the centre of Celje, and another nearby Bukovzlak. The case concerns large quantities of polluted soil originating at a 17-hectare contaminated brownfield site in Cinkarna, Celje, Slovenia's third largest town. High levels of toxic heavy metals have been detected at both sites. This infringement concerns breaches of the Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive.