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15 January 2014

In yesterday‘s plenary session MEPs agreed on the conclusions of a Parliamentary report (1) and voted in favour of the development of a European strategy on plastic waste in the environment. MEPs recognised the dangers of current plastic consumption and the resulting harmful effects on the marine environment, as highlighted previously by the European Commission.

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30 September 2013

The European Commission presented the initiatives it intends to take to reduce plastic waste. These include a ban on landfilling, strengthen recycling targets, and a proposal to be released in two weeks on limiting single-use plastic bags.

 

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17 September 2013
The new international 'Beat the Microbead' App informs consumers of plastic presence in care products. It is available for free and in five languages.

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11 September 2013

There is no easy way to tackle the issue of marine litter: it is complicated and has many causes, impacts and inputs. As a high percentage of marine litter comes from land based sources, EU legislation is possibly the best way to address the problem and look for solutions.

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11 September 2013

Every year in August and September, volunteers across Europe devote part of their time to clean up beaches and coastal areas in their neighborhood. This summer, many members of Seas At Risk have organised cleanup days with activities wrapping up in the third week-end of September (20-22nd), coinciding with “Cleanup the World Day”.

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11 September 2013

SAR member the Marine Conservation Society is calling for members of the public to respond to a public consultation run by the Scottish Government on a draft marine litter strategy.

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10 September 2013

The Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive is due to be reviewed by 2014, and Seas At Risk has been working with IEEP to identify how the Directive can be improved to effectively tackle a significant source of marine litter.

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10 September 2013

The Port Reception Facilities (PRF) Directive is due to be reviewed by 2014, and Seas At Risk has been working with IEEP to identify how the Directive can be improved to effectively tackle a significant source of marine litter.

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03 July 2013

SAR’s French member, Surfrider Foundation Europe has today issued a call for a ban on single use plastic bags, on International Bag Free Day 2013.

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18 June 2013

The fight against micro plastics has taken another leap forward after Seas At Risk’s Dutch member the North Sea Foundation successfully lobbied the Dutch government to call for a European wide ban of micro plastics in cosmetics.

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12 April 2013

The Message from Berlin, the main outcome of a three day international conference, lays out the key principles and priority actions to tackle the European marine litter problem and calls for the development of regional action plans.

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10 April 2013

Civil society organisations from across the EU are today calling on EU Member States to up their level of ambition and tighten marine litter reduction targets with the aim of ending the marine litter problem within a generation.

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13 March 2013

Seas At Risk hosted a successful one day seminar with representatives from NGO’s, the European Commission, academics and others to discuss ways to deal with the marine litter problem at the European level.

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13 March 2013

SAR hosted a one day seminar on the topic of marine litter and the role of EU legislation in tackling the problem. The seminar included presentations on relevant legislation and on the interim findings of a new study commissioned by SAR.

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13 March 2013

SAR is hosting a one day seminar on the topic of marine litter and the role of EU legislation in tackling the problem. The seminar will include presentations on relevant legislation and on the interim findings of a new study commissioned by SAR.

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05 February 2013

Covered in a sticky substance and unable to move, hundreds of seabirds have been found washed up along the South coast of Britain with experts speculating ship waste dumping as the likely source.

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27 December 2012

Unilever has agreed to phase out micro beads from all its personal care products in a great success story for the marine environment and Seas At Risk member organisations the North Sea Foundation and MCS.

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13 December 2012

In both a staff working document and in the draft 7th Environmental Action Programme, the European Commission has proposed an EU wide marine litter reduction target.

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21 August 2012

A major new campaign to tackle microplastics entering the marine environment has been launched. SAR has signed on to help solve the problem of micro beads found in 100’s of personal hygiene products that can end up down our plug holes and into our seas.

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03 July 2012

European Green groups GAIA, EEB and Seas At Risk have called on the European Commission to ban single-use plastic bags on the occasion of International bag-free day. A year after a public consultation on the topic, still no plan has been set out for an EU approach.

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