European Parliament agrees on circular economy package

The Parliament wants to establish higher goals than original proposed.

“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 said.

“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” she added.”

The package includes a recycling rate for municipal waste of 70 per cent by 2030. The share of landfilling of municipal waste hast to be reduced to 5 per cent while food waste has to be reduced by 50 per cent. Those suggestions are even higher than the original proposal by the Commission.

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