A recent press release from the European Commission in Brussels has announced that EU Member States approved a set of ambitious measures to make EU waste legislation fit for the future, as part of the EU’s wider circular economy policy.
The new rules – based on Commission’s proposals part of the Circular Economy package presented in December 2015 – will help to prevent waste and, where this is not possible, significantly step up recycling of municipal and packaging waste.
It will phase out landfilling and promote the use of economic instruments, such as Extended Producer Responsibility schemes. The new legislation strengthens the “waste hierarchy”, i.e. it requires Member States to take specific measures to prioritize prevention, re-use and recycling above landfilling and incineration, thus making the circular economy a reality.
Alchemy Utilities welcomes the announcement of these new rules as it echoes their own drive for a Circular Economy and the waste to energy technologies they are introducing will be of paramount importance to meeting these new targets.
The new rules adopted today represent the most modern waste legislation in the world, where the EU is leading by example for others to follow.
Recycling targets for municipal waste as set out by European Commission: