MWE scheme to expand separated waste collection in municipalities

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Initiative aims to help worst performing regions catch-up with best practices

Municipal Waste Europe (MWE) will look to boost circular economy implementation at the local level through a new initiative aimed at increasing the use of separated waste collection systems in EU municipalities.


MWE plans to give targeted help to local authorities in underperforming regions, by offering advice about how to implement EU waste legislation, and to make the best use of available funding.


As recent data has shown, recycling practices continue to vary widely in the EU, with rates in some members stuck below 10% - well down on the 65% EU-wide target.


Separated waste collection is considered a significant driver for increasing recycling. It produces a cleaner recyclate, with less contaminants, enabling high quality recycling that maximises the economic value of the waste material collected.


To date many localities in Europe have failed to establish separated collection, in part due to an incorrect perception regarding its cost, according to MWE.


The scheme has no confirmed start date, so check the MWE website for updates.