Green light for the reform of waste legislation

A majority in the European Parliament voted for the reform of the European waste legislation. The Commission had already submitted its Proposal for a Directive in December 2015. In February, the vote took place in the European Parliament's Environment Committee.

The main focus of the planned reform is the recycling of municipal waste, which is to be increased by EU uniform quotas. Furthermore, their disposal should be prohibited if possible. In addition, the volume of recycled waste should be measured in the EU in a uniform manner. From the cep's point of view, the proposed EU uniform recycling targets can ensure better compliance with the legally required waste hierarchy, but they breach the principle of subsidiarity because the different frameworks for waste management in the Member States require a differentiated approach.