Defra to work with the EU on the Circular Economy package

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The UK will likely take on the waste and recycling legislation of the EU’s new CE package

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has told stakeholders it will continue to work with the European Commission and fellow EU member states on the EU’s Circular Economy (CE) package.

The UK will be a active participant in the negotiation process involved in the production of the CE package. The European Commission and fellow EU countries are all working together to create a CE package which suits the individual needs of each nation.

Defra to work with the EU on the new Circular Economy package

Nobel House; the head office of Defra

The EU’s current waste legislation as set out in the Landfill and Packaging, Waste Framework, and Packaging Waste Directives, will eventually be replaced by CE package.

Officials from Defra held a meeting last week at its Nobel House head office, which was attended by leading industry figures from trade organisations and leading waste and recycling companies.

According to the reports, Defra announced it would be adopting the EU’s CE package, once negotiations are completed, despite the ‘Brexit’. The European Commission has said the package will come into effect within two years.

The CE package includes legislation which stipulates member nations must achieve a municipal recycling rate of 65% by 2030; an target which UK minister Thérèse Coffey believes is “too high to be achievable”.

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