EU Parliament wants separate biowaste collections

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A report was released on June 2 suggesting a number of changes

On June 2, the Environment Committee for The European Parliament issued a draft report, proposing changes to the Waste Framework Directive proposals which formed part of the Circular Economy Package (CEP) of 2015.

The committee is proposing a number of marked changes, including getting rid of TEEP exemptions to separate material collections, increased recycling goals and compulsory separate food waste collections.

MEP Simona Bonafè, the European Parliament rapporteur for the EU Circular Economy Package, composed the 121 page report for the Committee on the Environment, Food Safety and Public Health.

The report will now be read by the MEPs, who may make amendments to the report before it goes to a vote, which is expected to be held sometime this November.

As soon as the European Parliament has declared its standing, the report will go to Trilogues, which include Parliament, The European Council and Commission, who then have the final say on the European position.

The written report also includes a proposed goal – that “at least” 65% of biowaste will be recycled by the year 2025.

The goal is described as necessary in the report: “to attract infrastructure investments towards recycling facilities for bio-waste and to boost markets for compost and digestate”.

The report also suggests introducing separate mandatory bio-waste collections, which the UK’s Bio-based and Biodegradable Industries Association proposed only last month.

MEP Simona Bonafè, has prolonged the decision for separate collections to cover textiles and wood. The report also states that separate waste collections should be liable for an incineration ban.

She also proposes that member states should be urged to put into practice a system within the food retail sector, enabling the distribution of unsold, or out-of-date products to different charities.

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal would like to see a reduction in food waste, by 2030, of up to 50% and the EU has pledged to adhere to the proposal.

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