Cities and regions call for waste prevention targets

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Paris and Madrid among cities looking to increase circular economy ambition

A group of nearly 100 EU cities and regions has called upon the European Commission to add new waste prevention measures to the circular economy package.


The group “regrets that the first level of the waste hierarchy, prevention, has not been strongly addressed”, according to the position paper from the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+).


The paper recommends the creation of binding targets for waste prevention, as well as the reinstatement of the 30% food waste prevention bill, which was not included in the package. The group also called for the EU to introduce legislation on other waste streams such as biowaste and commercial and industrial waste.


The current circular economy strategy includes targets to recycle 65% of municipal waste by 2030. As shown by recent data from Eurostat this will require big changes in waste management practices for much of the EU.


For more information read the full position paper from  ACR+.