MEPs on the European Parliament's Environment Committee today voted through a mixed bag of plans aimed at cutting resource use and waste across the EU.
The Committee's vote largely improved a series of weak proposals made by the European Commission as part of its 2015 Circular Economy Package. However, improvements to recycling targets and measures to reduce landfill and incineration were offset by some missed opportunities to tackle food waste and slash the overall quantity of waste we produce.
Meadhbh Bolger, resource justice campaigner at Friends of the Earth Europe, said: "Today's vote gives a strong signal to the Commission that lost ambition to cut European resource use needs to be restored. It is now up to the whole Parliament to step up to the plate and keep these raised recycling targets and measures to prevent waste and incineration, and for the Council to raise the ambition even higher".
The Environment Committee voted to:
The European Parliament as a whole will vote on today's draft resolution in March. Environment Ministers from across the EU Member States are holding ongoing discussions, and are likely to come to a final opinion on the waste laws later this year.