The European Union is charting a course to the circular economy. Last July the Commission proposed a set of more ambitious waste targets, the key target being 70% recycling of municipal waste and 80% recycling of packaging waste by 2030. From 2025 landfilling of recyclable waste will be prohibited. The waste sector expects to profit from these ambitious targets.
The new waste targets are a considerable challenge for the European Union, especially the member states that are failing to meet the current targets. The tighter targets are part of a review of three EU directives: the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive. The European Commission took the opportunity presented by the review to re-examine the existing strategies for sustainability and raw materials efficiency. 'The policies were not consistent with each other', explains Michel Sponar, who heads the review at the Commission.