Today Member States of the European Union approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU’s wider circular economy policy. The new rules – part of the Juncker Commission’s proposal towards a Circular Economy presented in December 2015 – will help to prevent waste and, where this is not possible, significantly step up recycling of municipal and packaging waste.
It will phase out landfilling and promote the use of economic instruments, such as Extended Producer Responsibility schemes. The new legislation strengthens the “waste hierarchy”, i.e. it requires Member States to take specific measures to prioritize prevention, re-use and recycling above landfilling and incineration, thus making the circular economy a reality. Commissioner Vella 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.” Details on the new targets available here.