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European Commission Looks To Drive Zero To Landfill Policies

New measures are being introduced by the European Commission which are aimed at increasing recycling are reducing waste with the ultimate aim of achieving set out zero to landfill goals. The new measures put forward will be legally binding, with the EU hoping it will create a large ‘circular economy’.

New EU Measures Aimed To Push Zero To Landfill Goals

A circular economy is essentially another term for zero to landfill and is defined as an economic model that produces virtually no waste, with raw materials being re-used and recycled continually within a closed loop. As its name suggests, zero to landfill means re-using everything in any way possible so that as little as possible is sent to landfill sites.

The package which was adopted by the EU Commission on the 2nd of July 2014, contains a list of legally binding targets:

  • a 70% recycling target for municipal waste by 2030;
  • an 80% recycling target for packaging, such as glass, paper, metal and plastic by 2030;
  • and a ban on landfilling of all recyclable and biodegradable waste by 2025.

The document also listed a series of goals, which are not legally enforceable:

  • a phase out of landfilling of all recoverable waste by 2030;
  • a 30% reduction of waste by 2025;
  • and a 30% fall in marine litter by 2020.

The new measures have already been met with approval by some but scepticism by others. Janez Potočnik, the European commissioner for the environment, said “we are living with linear economic systems inherited from the 19th Century in the 21st Century world of emerging economies, millions of new middle class consumers, and inter-connected markets. If we want to compete we have to get the most out of our resources, and that means recycling them back into productive use, not burying them in landfills as waste.”

The EU commission hope that by introducing these new measures they can encourage companies and organisations to adopt more environmentally friendly policies. They also hope to push companies to create products which are designed to last longer and can be repaired more easily in order stop us throwing so much away. They believe that by implementing these measures EU companies could save some €600 billion, or 8% of annual turnover.

Zero to landfill has become the ultimate goal for people looking to reduce overall waste consumption and increase recycling. The awareness surrounding these issues has increased dramatically over the last decade but pushing people to actually change their habits is much harder.

Trying to encourage companies to make their products more re-usable is not always going to be successful if it will make their product less profitable for them. The only way to achieve these goals is to make the targets legally binding or to offer great incentives which would make following the measures more appealing.

Find Out How Recycling Services Can Help Your Business Achieve Zero To Landfill

The entire Recycling Services team now plans to continue their hard work in achieving their goal of helping companies achieve zero to landfill. If you would like to find out how our services could help eliminate the excessive time and cost of your current waste management solution, then call one of the team today on 01952 204471.

 

Source: http://www.euractiv.com/sections/sustainable-dev/eu-tables-circular-economy-package-zero-landifll-goal-303259






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