December 15, 2015
The EU’s new circular economy package was launched earlier in December, with a packaging waste recycling target of 75 percent for member states by 2030, and received a funding boost of around €24 billion ($26.3 billion) from the EU soon after. However, Let’s Recycle reported on the views of Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Waste Unit, Julius Langendorff, who stated that “stresses and strains” behind the deal could mean implementing it “will take more than” a year.
Langendorff spoke at the UK Resource Association’s parliamentary reception on 9 December in London, and commented that the EC “was perhaps a bit surprised” at the previous withdrawal of the circular economy package, adding that there were “considerable disagreements” within the EC and member states “over landfill reduction targets” and recycling targets, with a knock-on effect being that implementation could “take at least two years to finalise”.
Noting that “higher recycling targets lead to higher benefits”, Langendorff pointed out that “it would be a great result if we were to get a deal in the next 12 months”, while reviews are planned for the 2030 targets for recycling as well. The increased investment offered by the EC for the circular economy was also said by some to have been planned to “sweeten the pill” for those in disagreement.
The UK’s All-Party Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group (APSRG) said it was delighted the new EU policy measures had included commitments to remanufacturing, while two reports have respectively found that remanufacturing as an industry could boost UK-wide employment, and also that 40,000 jobs could be created by the circular economy in London alone by 2030.
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