Vella stated that the rules are “essential” to the success of the circular economy in the EU, adding that “we can’t be more ambitious by lowering our targets. We have to maintain those targets. We have to be more ambitious on outlook, results and delivery by member states, and we need to identify the member states that are not achieving those targets”.
The UK is one of the states not meeting the targets, with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) revealing last year that England recycled 44.2 percent of household waste in 2013, only 0.1 percent growth from 2012. Vella added that many of the countries are improving “at varying speeds”, with the eastern and southern nations “performing worst”.
He concluded: “We have to identify those states that are lagging behind, the reasons why, and we have to be more ambitious by supporting them to achieve the targets – by channelling more funds into projects that will achieve them.”
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