Fears that European Parliament proposals for EU-wide recycling targets could be weakened during the next steps of the voting process have been voiced by an international network.
The Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and sustainable Resource management (ACR+) welcomed the amendments voted on by the Environment Committee of the European Parliament (mrw, April 11 2008). It said that the targets were vital to ensure the implementation of a multi-level waste management hierarchy.
However, as the vote in June is not final, ACR+ fears the requirements could be watered down afterwards.
Before Parliament can vote, on June 16 2008, MEP Caroline Jackson must negotiate with the European Council in order to reach an agreement in the second reading.
If this fails, a conciliation procedure will be conducted, probably into autumn 2008,
so ACR+ said it is important to show support for the positions voted by the Environment Committee.