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The landfill target may work against the circular economy. Should we minimise percentages or tonnes?

Publication types: Policy briefings
Published: 03/03/2020
Size: 655.17 KB

This Policy Briefing which analyses in depth the new Landfill Directive, part of the Circular Economy Package adopted in 2018. Specifically, the landfill minimisation target obliges Member States to limit the amount of municipal waste due to be landfilled to 10% or less of municipal waste generated at any given year by 2035.  As the briefing describes, meeting the target is extremely challenging and the way it’s defined and must be calculated (in any given year and defined as a percentage) may contradict the overarching principles of the EU Circular Economy Agenda.

 

Available in English, Spanish & French

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