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Proposed revised Waste Framework Directive text published

28 FEBRUARY 2018

For those following the Circular Economy Package development in the European Commission, the expected final text has now been published although of course, this must still be agreed in the EU Parliament. How much of this the UK will eventually end up complying with is open to question given that it goes out to 2030. But under the EU Withdrawal Bill, the revised Directive will be transposed into UK law. 

Some key elements include:

  • A clear definition of municipal waste.
  • A reduction in food waste of 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030
  • A requirement to provide incentives for waste holders to separate waste for recycling eg pay as you throw.
  • Producers (under extended producer responsibility) to pay at least 50% of the net costs of collection, sorting and recycling ncessary to meet targets (within 54 months of the date of entry of the directive)
  • Municipal waste recycling targets of 55% by 2025, 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035 (currently 50% by 2020 which the UK has little hope of meeting)
  • Separate collections of household hazardous waste and textiles by 2025
  • Separate collections of bio-waste by 2023
  • The Directive is likely to be  passed into law in the summer along with a revised Packaging Waste Directive that includes the following packaging recycling targets (by 2025/2030 with 2017 levels in brackets):
    • Paper - 75%/85% (78.3%)
    • Glass - 70%/75% (67.6%)
    • Ferrous - 70%/80% (77.4%)
    • Aluminium - 50%/60% (53.8%)
    • Plastic - 50%/55% (46.3%)
    • Wood - 25%/30% (31%)
    • Overall recycling - 65%/70% (63.8%)

 

 

 

 

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