EU faces ‘waste crisis’ by 2035, industry warns

Despite the new circular economy targets, the EU risks not having enough capacity to dispose of 40m tonnes of residual waste by 2035, according to the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants

Despite the new circular economy targets, the EU risks not having enough capacity to dispose of 40 million tonnes of residual waste by 2035, according to the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP).

The industry group calculated that even if member states meet targets for reducing, reusing and recycling waste, they will still face a major shortfall in incinerating capacity for residual material. The bloc currently boasts waste-to-energy capacity of 90m tonnes per year, with an additional 11m in co-incineration capacity.

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