MEPs call for EU waste prevention targets

Prevention and recycling targets among more that 600 amendments tabled to parliament’s waste law position

New binding targets for waste prevention and recycling are among more than 600 proposed amendments to the European parliament’s first reading position on revision of the EU waste framework directive (EED 21/12/05).

A vote on the measures in the parliament’s environment committee, originally scheduled for Tuesday, has been delayed until 28 November to give time to cope with the deluge of recommendations.

The committee’s rapporteur, British conservative MEP Caroline Jackson, told a hearing in Brussels on Monday evening that many of her colleagues in the committee would support the inclusion of prevention and recycling targets in the revised waste law. "Whether they survive discussions in council is another question," she added.

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