(02 July 2014) – Today the European Commission adopted proposals to turn the EU into a more circular economy and boost recycling in the Member States.
According to the Commission, achieving the new waste targets would create 580 000 new jobs compared to today’s performance, while making Europe more competitive and reducing demand for costly scarce resources.
The proposals also mean lower environmental impacts and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. 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.