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"Regulations on recycling paper will be an environmental own goal."

Does it mean environment will suffer as a result of new regulations put forward by officials who only look out for their own advantage?

Thanks.
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I'm having trouble understanding the sentence. The phrase "environmental own goal" doesn't make sense to me at all. Can you give more of the context, please?
Hi guys,

"Regulations on recycling paper will be an environmental own goal."

Does it mean environment will suffer as a result of new regulations put forward by officials who only look out for their own advantage?

An 'own goal' is an expression from soccer, used to describe a situation where a player accidentally kicks the ball into his own team's goal.

Thus, in general terms, I'd read this sentence to mean that these regulations will dramatically harm the cause of environmentalism.

Best wishes, Clive
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Hello

I was thinking along these lines:

Environmental own goal ... goal that someone scored in their own net. What does 'environmental describe? The scorer?

What else it could?

Environmental ... environment suffered, as Clive said, but then they scored too (own goal), according to my mental delusions.

GG, there is no context; it was just an example sentence illustrating the usage of the idiom at hand.

I agree with Clive's reading into the sentence, but I am still not convinced of the logic that lies behind the phrase.

Thank you GG and Clive.
Oh, thank you! I learned something new today.

Can you think of how the regulations will harm the cause of environmentalism?
Springing back in their face causing damage to the environment they live in ... hmm, I am starting to develop a liking for it.
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Can you please explain what you mean?
The officials who introduced the regulations on recycling paper to save their environment did a miscalculation that recoiled on them.