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EU ministers to examine waste targets

Resources minister Dan Rogerson is to represent the UK at a meeting of the EU Environment Council focusing on new targets for waste, packaging and landfill.

Dan Rogerson

Rogerson (left) will meet with his counterparts from across the EU at the Environment Council, which convenes four times a year.

The meeting on 28 October will give ministers the chance to debate the European Commission’s waste target review, a series of initiatives and targets proposed in July in an attempt to boost the circular economy.

These include EU-wide targets to recycle 70% of municipal waste and 80% of packaging waste by 2030, as well as a ban on sending recyclable materials to landfill by 2025.

It is estimated these measure could directly create around 580,000 new jobs.

At the previous meeting in July the UK was represented by natural environment minister Lord de Mauley, energy minister Ed Davey and Scottish environment minister Paul Wheelhouse.

The meeting will be the last for current environment commissioner Janez Potočnik, who stongly backs the move to a circular economy and the proposed waste targets.

But his replacement, Karmenu Vella, has so far been evasive about the initiative, and is keen to limit the “regulatory burden” of environmental laws.

 

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