EU: EC adopts higher recycling targets to drive transition to a Circular Economy
The European Commission has adopted proposals to turn Europe into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States. The plans ask Europeans to recycle 70% of municipal waste and 80% of packaging waste by 2030, and ban burying recyclable waste in landfill as of 2025. A target is also included for reducing marine litter along with food waste reduction objectives.
The legislative proposals refer mainly to the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. Tailor-made approaches will be implemented for specific waste streams, such as marine litter and plastic wastes (Press Release European Commission, 2 July 2014).
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