Return of 70% Recycling Target

MEPs Back More Ambitious Circular Economy ‘Waste Package’

The European Parliament has backed legislation to raise the share of waste to be recycled to 70% by 2030, as originally proposed by the Commission back in 2014.

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The European Parliament has backed legislation to raise the share of waste to be recycled to 70% by 2030, as originally proposed by the Commission back in 2014.

MEPs also want the ‘waste package’ plans to limit the share of landfilling to 5% and to deliver a 50% reduction in food waste by 2030.

“Today, Parliament by a very large majority has showed that it believes in the transition towards a circular economy. We decided to restore the ambitious recycling and landfill targets in line with what the Commission had originally proposed in 2014 said lead MEP Simona Bonafè (S&D, IT).

"Demand for raw materials by the world economy could increase by a further 50% in the next 15 years. In order to reverse this trend, we must adopt a circular development model which keeps materials and their value in circulation, the only solution able to keep together sustainability with economic growth," she added.

"Re-use, recycling and recovery are becoming the key words around which a new paradigm needs to be built to promote sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, so that waste will cease to be a problem and become a resource,” concluded Bonafè.

Parliament will now negotiate with Council of Ministers.

Highlights from Frans TIMMERMANS, First Vice-President of the EC in charge of Better Regulation, Inter-Institutional Relations, the Rule of Law and the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Miriam DALLI’s addresses to the parliament can be found on WMW’s YouTube Channel below.

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