Europe "to become a waste recycling society"

Commission tables three-year programme of actions in strategy on waste prevention and recycling

The European commission's EU strategy on waste prevention and recycling was published on Wednesday with few changes to a draft issued two months ago (EED 27/10/05).

Its central aim is to promote much more life-cycle thinking in waste policy. It puts more emphasis on diverting waste from landfill, requires member states to draw up waste prevention plans and will simplify the EU's framework waste directive.

Environment commissioner Stavros Dimas said he wanted to promote a "European recycling society" by setting quality standards for recycled materials. The strategy also envisions a possible switch to material-specific recycling targets after 2010 from the product-specific targets mostly used to date. "Now is the time to modernise our approach," Mr Dimas said.

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