EU Parliament formally adopt Circular Economy Package

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
The Circular Economy Package is based on proposals set in place in December 2015

EU Parliament members have formally adopted the Circular Economy Package after approving higher recycling targets and new measures to reduce waste across Europe.

Based on the Commission’s proposals set in December 2015, the package aims to prevent waste and step up recycling of municipal and packaging waste.

It will encourage member states to prioritise prevention, re-use and recycling above landfilling and promote Extended Producer Responsibility.

By 2035, the amount of municipal waste landfilled must be reduced to 10% or less of the total amount of municipal waste generated.

Recycling targets for municipal waste are set at 55% by 2025, 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035.

The package also looks at separate collections, with targets for hazardous household waste to be collected separately by 2022, bio-waste by 2023 and textiles by 2025.

Mandatory extended producer responsibility schemes will have to be established for all packaging by 2024.

New recycling targets for packaging waste

Karmenu Vella, commissioner for environment, maritime affairs and fisheries, said: “The new recycling and landfilling targets set a credible and ambitious path for better waste management in Europe.

“Our main task now is to ensure that the promises enshrined in this waste package are delivered on the ground. The Commission will do all it can to support member states and make the new legislation deliver on the ground."

Proposals were originally presented in 2014 but were withdrawn and replaced by better designed, more circular and ambitious proposals.

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