Recycling targets of 50% for household waste look set to
become law across Europe.
The European Committee of permanent representatives - COREPER
- has accepted wide-ranging revisions to the Waste Framework
Directive set out by the European Parliament which also include
a recycling target of 70% for construction and demolition
waste. The revisions - including the 50% target - follow months
of discussions over the draft directive.
Policies under the directive revisions also encourage waste
prevention and separate bio-waste collections, which will
give more emphasis to food waste treatment and composting
and encourage products to be designed in an eco-friendly manner.
Other provisions include a new definition for some by-products
produced through industrial processes to separate them from
waste. However, the changes are smaller than some sectors
have argued for.
Now, the draft directive needs only to be voted through at
the plenary session of the European parliament on June 17-18
in order to become law.