The wide world of recycling

The wide world of recycling

Across the pond, European leaders are being pressured to improve their recycling efforts.

A report published by environmental nonprofit group Green Alliance found that government leaders in the U.K. are not doing enough to help boost reuse and recycling efforts that can ensure a strong future for the country's manufacturing industry as natural resources become ever more difficult to locate and import. The report was written by the Circular Economy Task Force, a group supported by government and convened by Green Alliance.

Plastics manufacturers and environmental groups in Europe are pressing the European Commission to propose legislation banning the dumping of plastics into landfills in the EU by 2020. Calls to ban landfilling of plastic bottles and packaging have gained momentum in recent months, with demand for plastics expected to triple by 2050 and recycling figures far below the EU's stated goals.

European leaders are hoping a formal complaint within the World Trade Organization will convince Russia to remove the "recycling fee" it tacks on to the price of cars imported from the EU. Russia instituted the levy in September 2012, not long after the country entered the WTO. Russian-made vehicles as well as those made in several nearby nations are exempt from the fee.

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