European Parliament adopts new laws to prevent waste and boost recycling

On April 18, 2018, the European Parliament approved the new circular economy package.


The changes agreed include higher recycling targets and new measures to reduce waste across Europe.


EU countries will now be required to:

  • Recycle at least 55% of their municipal waste by 2025, 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035;
  • 10% cap on landfill by 2035;
  • Mandatory separate collection of biowaste;
  • Stricter schemes to make producers pay for the collection of key recyclables.

Following this approval by the European Parliament:

  • The Council of Ministers will have to finalise its formal agreement in an upcoming Council meeting in the coming weeks.
  • This endorsement will be followed shortly by the publication of the text in the Official Journal of the Union, which will enter into force 20 days after publication. 
  • Member States will then have to transpose the new elements of the Directive into national law within 20 months.

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