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MEPs bring back Potocnik 2014’s spirit in a push towards zero waste

Members of the European Parliament brought the spirit of Potocnik 2014 back to zero waste

"Achieving high recycling rates and low waste generation is not rocket science. It is about setting goals, ensuring proper separate collection, involving citizens and using economic incentives and today's voting to allow all this to happen."

For immediate release, January 24, 2017

ENVI Members of the European Parliament hope to make bold attempts on the circular economy. The Environmental Committee of the European Parliament sent a clear signal to the committee and the council that by including most of the proposals of the former commissioner Potocnik's 2014 first circular economy package, it significantly increased the committee's ambitions regarding waste proposals.

For Zero Waste Europe, the text adopted by the Environmental Council includes most of the elements for the success of European Zero Waste Cities. The text raises the level of ambition by setting a 70% recycling target (of which 5% should be ready for reuse) and makes separate collection truly mandatory, further extending it to biological waste, textiles and waste oil. In addition, Member States are required to make extensive use of economic instruments, such as pay-as-you-go programs and taxation or taxation of landfill and incineration.

Ferran Rosa, ZWE’s policy officer, said: “Achieving high recycling rates and low waste generation is not rocket science. It’s about setting goals, ensuring proper separate collection, involving citizens and using economic incentives and today’s vote to allow everyone. This happened".

The text adopted by the ENVI committee today — if it is finally approved — also provides work for the committee. The committee will have to propose an EU-wide per capita waste prevention target, as well as new legislation and regulations for construction, commercial and industrial waste. Target.

The text also emphasizes the importance of the extended producer responsibility plan for implementing ecological design and reducing waste generation.

Although the role of waste prevention has been significantly improved compared with the three ideal goals of the committee (50% reduction in food waste, 30% reduction in marine litter, and decoupling of waste generation from economic growth), the role of waste prevention has also been significantly improved, but Europe’s zero Waste considers that truly binding measures and targets need to achieve the desired effect of significantly reducing waste.

Zero Waste Europe congratulates the ENVI committee and the rapporteur team, and calls on members of the European Parliament to support the adoption of the text in a general vote in March.

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Contact: Ferran Rosa, Waste Policy Officer ferran@zerowasteeurope.eu +32 470 838 105

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