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Group of MEPs calls for higher recycling targets

A cross-party group of MEPs has asked the European Commission to propose even stricter recycling targets if it is to fulfill its pledge of tabling a more ambitious circular economy package. In a press statement released on 4 May the group’s rapporteur Simona Bonafé  and four shadow rapporteurs demanded stronger targets for 2020, 2025 and 2030 for recycling and preparation for reuse of municipal and packaging waste are needed, Rapporteur Simona Bonafé from the S&D group and shadow rapporteurs from the EPP, ECR, ALDE and Green groups sent their statement to EU commissioners involved in preparing the new proposals. As reported in February’s Newsflash the Council of Ministers had a different stance and decided that recycling targets set out in the original circular economy package were too high. The policy package was scrapped on 25 February and the European Commission subsequently promised to table a new proposal, which is set to be “even more ambitious”.

The new waste proposals will be “more country-specific” and non-compliance with current waste policies will be addressed, the Commission said in a paper published last week ahead of launching a public consultation. This will be accompanied by an action plan “addressing the full circle and including a list of actions in each pillar of intervention with precise deadlines to be followed-up by the Commission”.

In regards to waste policy the group of MEPs demanded the introduction of mandatory separate collection of bio-waste and construction waste by 2020. The press release also states that EU waste policy should be guided by an ambitious EU resource efficiency target for 2030 as well as sub-indicators to measure resource consumption. In a reaction to these developments the NGO Reuse said the debate is still too focused on waste and recycling at the expense of preventing reusable goods from being thrown out in the first place. The new package should go beyond resource efficiency to deal with land, water and carbon footprints as well, said Ariadna Rodrigo of Friends of the Earth.

Press statement



Issue 42