Less waste and more recycling are seen as some of the key cornerstones of Europe’s efforts to build a circular economy. How do the 27 countries implement this?
The majority of EU Member States are at risk of missing the recycling of waste and packaging waste targets. That writes the European Environment Agency EEA in an analysis published on Thursday. According to this, 18 of the 27 countries are at risk of failing at least one of the targets for 2025. Germany, on the other hand, is doing well: According to the EEA, the Federal Republic is one of the nine countries that are on the way to fulfilling the main objectives.
The EEA analysis serves as the basis for an early warning report that the EU Commission wanted to present in Brussels on Thursday. According to the EEA, the report aims to improve the implementation of EU waste legislation and support those states at risk of missing the targets. The Copenhagen-based EU authority has called for many EU countries to significantly increase their efforts in this regard.
Reducing waste and recycling it are seen as some of the key pillars of Europe’s efforts to build a circular economy. EU-wide recycling targets have been set for the years 2025, 2030 and 2035. Among other things, from 2025 at least 55 percent of so-called municipal waste, i.e. garbage from private households, must be recycled and prepared for reuse. Likewise, 65 percent of all packaging waste must be recycled.