EU: Circular Economy – EU Parliament voted in favour of making textiles collection mandatory
European Union MEPs have voted to increase the proposed recycling target as set out under the EU’s circular economy package to 70 % by 2030. This includes the goals of diverting 70 % of municipal waste and 80 % of packaging material for recycling or reuse
MEPs have pledged their support for proposals to change the way in which progress towards recycling targets is measured. This will include changing the wording of laws, essentially closing loopholes which allow materials from sorting facilities to count towards final recycling tonnages.
Other proposals include limiting the amount of landfill waste to 5% by 2030 (with a possible extension for countries that still rely on landfills for the majority of their waste) and setting a mandatory goal of 50% food waste reduction by 2030.
Mandatory separate collection for bio-waste, textiles and waste oils and diversion targets for reducing marine litter were also proposed.
Negotiations will now continue between the European Parliament, European Commission and European Council before any of these proposals become law.