Parliament getting clearer on waste rules

Draft compromise amendments show environment committee moving towards consensus on key issues

The European parliament’s environment committee is making progress in preparations to vote on new EU waste rules at the end of this month, despite having started with over 600 amendments tabled by individual MEPs.

After intense discussions with different political groups, rapporteur MEP Caroline Jackson tabled 15 compromise amendments on Friday.  These suggest an emerging cross-party consensus on key aspects of the revision:

* On the waste hierarchy (see separate article in this edition), the committee is set to call for all five steps to be specified in descending order of priority:  prevention, re-use, recycling, other recovery operations and disposal.

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