The European Commission aims to boost recycling in the EU and is seeking views on whether the current targets need reviewing.
It is calling for businesses, public authorities, NGOs and citizens to give their opinions, with the results from the consultation to be used to help develop potential new policies in a bid to prevent waste and increase re-use.
Existing EU waste legislation includes targets for 50% of household waste and 70% of construction and demolition waste to be recycled or re-used by 2020.
The Commission said in a statement: “The possibilities include waste prevention targets and differentiated targets for different waste streams, materials and products. Respondents are also asked whether stricter re-use and recycling targets and landfill reduction or diversion targets should be created and if they should be adapted to the particular situation of each Member State. The implementation of current targets, the improvement of waste statistics and monitoring effectiveness of the measures implemented in Member States are also addressed.”
Earlier this year, ELN reported the amount of household waste recycled in England hit a new high over the summer in 2012.