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Resource Efficiency

Green coalition outlines 10 steps for a resource efficient Europe


A coalition of leading environmental non-governmental organisations has urged the European Union (EU) to implement 10 steps that would result in a resource efficient Europe. In a joint statement, they call for a 70% recycling target for municipal waste across Europe, binding waste prevention targets, banning landfilling and the incineration of recyclable and compostable waste by 2020, and promoting producer responsibility and resource taxation schemes. Read more…

The majority of the steps are based around setting targets. These include binding targets to reduce the EU’s material consumption; to prevent municipal, commercial and industrial waste; and to reduce marine litter. There should also be a zero residual waste target by 2025, and re-use and recycling targets for municipal solid waste and packaging. In addition to target-setting, the coalition also recommends introducing an obligatory separate collection of waste by 2020; promoting economic instruments to support the full implementation of the waste hierarchy; and designing out single-use, non-recyclable products such as microplastics.

The coalition comprises the European Environment Bureau, Seas at Risk, Zero Waste Europe, Rreuse, Greenpeace, Ecos, the Surfrider Foundation and Friends of the Earth Europe. The release of the statement comes ahead of the expected revision of the Landfill, Packaging and Packaging Waste and Waste Framework Directives in the European Unions’ waste review, which is expected to be published in June 2014.
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