Your views can help make Europe become a recycling society
The European Commission wants to know whether you think the recycling targets in EU waste legislation need reviewing, and how.
The results of the consultation will be used to help develop potential new legislation to prevent waste and boost re-use and recycling, as part of a wider review of waste policies in 2014. Citizens, businesses, NGOs, public authorities and other interested parties are welcome to contribute their views until mid-September 2013.
Existing EU waste legislation sets clear targets for re-use and recycling of waste and for reducing landfill. By 2020, for example, 50 % of municipal/household waste and 70 % of construction and demolition waste should be recycled or re-used. Such targets have already driven major improvements, with several Member States demonstrating what can be done rapidly, at little cost and creating many jobs. But rising prices of raw materials have added an important economic imperative to improving waste management to the environmental one. Recent policy documents such as the Resource Efficiency Roadmap and the proposal for a 7th Environmental Action Programme have explained the economic and environmental benefits of developing a resource efficient and circular economy, and this would require:
further prevention of waste,
raising recycling and reuse to their maximum feasible levels,
limiting incineration to non-recyclable materials, and
phasing out landfilling progressively by 2020.
The Commission is examining whether, and how, EU waste targets should be adapted to reach these objectives, and the consultation will gather views on the desirability of reinforcing the existing targets or introducing new ones. 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.
The online consultation is available from the following web link: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/consultations/waste_targets_en.htm