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November 7, 2022

Product sustainability: more sectors under regulatory scrutiny over disposal of goods

Workers sort plastic waste at Yongin Recycling Center in Yongin, South Korea, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The coronavirus is undermining global efforts to ease plastic pollution, with lockdown measures curbing recycling activity in South and Southeast Asia, according to a report commissioned by Circulate Capital LLC. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg
Workers sort plastic waste at Yongin Recycling Center in Yongin, South Korea, on Monday, Sept. 14, 2020. The coronavirus is undermining global efforts to ease plastic pollution, with lockdown measures curbing recycling activity in South and Southeast Asia, according to a report commissioned by Circulate Capital LLC. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg

The European Commission has put forward legislation which would require pharmaceutical and cosmetics companies to pay for the costs of removing toxic micro-pollutants from EU wastewaters.

More sectors in Europe are likely to be held accountable for the end-of-lifecycle of their products, in order to better regulate the environmental and health impact of goods, incentivise the reduction of waste and improve recycling practices. 

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