Don’t bin EU waste package, recycle it says committee

The European Committee of Regions (CoR) is calling on the EU to reconsider its withdrawal of proposed changes to waste legislation. Last year, it proposed amendments to the legislation which […]

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By Taryn Nixon

The European Committee of Regions (CoR) is calling on the EU to reconsider its withdrawal of proposed changes to waste legislation.

Last year, it proposed amendments to the legislation which included increasing recycling levels and tightening rules on landfill.

But the new leader of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, is considering binning the legislation altogether and introducing a “more ambitious” one, said the committee. They argued it would be “far more sensible” to build on the original proposals than start from scratch.

During the plenary sessions in Brussels, EU First Vice President, Frans Timmermans said the “circular economy” package was under review. The circular economy package aims to boost recycling, move towards zero-waste in the EU and reduce CO2 emissions and environmental impacts.

Marian Gaju, Major of Cumpăna, who led the committee’s opinion said the legislation could bring €600 billion (£444bn) in savings and provide a further two million jobs. Ms Gaju said scrapping the legislation would lose more time by withdrawing the original plans.

The original package features a range of measures including ensuring 70% of municipal waste is recycled by 2030, recycling 80% of package waste by 2030 and a ban on recyclable waste in landfill by 2025.