MEPs have voted to increase the proposed recycling target as set out under the EU’s Circular Economy Package to 70% by 2030, following a vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week.
The vote has advocated to reinstate the 70% target for municipal waste recycling, strengthening current proposals by 5%.Meanwhile, a 2030 target for packaging recycling was voted to be 80% - higher than the 75% previously backed by the Commission. The waste-to-landfill target has been restricted to 5%, replacing a mandatory target of 10% by 2030. MEPs have also voted for an EU food waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030, compared to 2014. The amendments approved by the MEPs will now be assessed by Member State governments before being considered by European ministers. Negotiations on the proposals between the European Council of Ministers and the Commission are expected to commence in the coming months. The UK Government has stated that it will negotiate the Circular Economy Package "in good faith", despite Brexit.