‘More ambition is needed across EU to divert waste from landfill’

A group of waste organisations have stressed the EU must implement measures to prevent the leaking of waste streams suitable for recycling or recovery to large scale landfills

More ambition is needed across the EU to divert waste from landfill.

That's according to the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants, European Suppliers of Waste-to-Energy Technology, Euroheat & Power, the European Federation for Waste Management and Environmental Services and Municipal Waste Europe, which welcome the European Commission’s ambition on its new Circular Economy Action Plan but stress "the cornerstone of a circular economy is missing".

They say this cornerstone should be the implementation of measures required to prevent the leaking of waste streams suitable for recycling or recovery to large scale landfills - despite some progress on recycling rates across Europe having been made, approximately 175 million tonnes of waste are still being sent to landfill each year, not including the "enormous amount" of mineral wastes sent there.

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