Coronavirus risks a return of the throwaway culture

POLITICO EU | Europe’s ambition to be less wasteful just ran into a coronavirus crisis reality check. One month after the European Commission launched an ambitious package to move from a throwaway culture to a more circular economy, the pandemic is creating mountains of plastic litter and tons of rotting food. Irish garbage collectors observed a “record surge” in household waste — with a noticeable rise in unopened, past-sell-by-date food, as well as wilted garden greenery. Cities across the bloc have stopped recycling pickups due to staff shortages and fears of contaminated waste, with a lot of recyclables now being burned or landfilled.

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