Further support for challenging Europe-wide recycling targets has come from the European Parliaments Council.
In a meeting on Wednesday June 4, the Council agreed to accept targets of 50% for household waste and 70% for construction waste as the Parliament had originally proposed. Amendments have been made to the European Waste Framework Directive, and a final vote will take place later this month.
The move was welcomed by MEP Caroline Jackson who, before the meeting, had urged the Council to stick to the proposed targets rather than lowering them (MRW, June 4 2008).
She said: "The Council appears to have gone the extra mile to meet the Parliament.
"I believe this gives us a good deal to take to the Parliament for endorsement in the June plenary session. Those who oppose it should realise that it is the best deal that the Council is likely to accept and that blocking this now may risk losing everything, including the recycling targets, which the Commission has confirmed are enforceable.
"The package that we have represents a very significant achievement, namely that this is the first time that recycling targets for household waste and construction and demolition waste have appeared in Community legislation."
Environmental Services Association chief executive Dirk Hazell added: We would now like to see the European Environment Agency developing a role as an auditor of national environmental agencies to ensure that in this area and others European environmental targets really are genuinely secured on time.