New Circular Economy Package - ‘less ambitious’ than the previous one

Friday, 27 November 2015

The European Commission’s draft waste and incineration laws to replace the package it axed under its drive for “better regulation”, has weaker targets for recycling and landfill than its predecessor.

The 2014 package called for a 70% recycling target for municipal waste for 2030, and a total ban on landfill for all recoverable and reusable waste.


But leaked documents obtained by EurActiv ahead of the EU’s executive planned launch of the new package next week, only call for a 65% recycling goal, and will allow a 10% landfill quota.


Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans promised the European Parliament that the new package would be “more ambitious” than the old one after ditching it in December last year.

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