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Inclusion of green waste against "spirit" of EU targets

Inclusion of green waste in EU member states recycling rates would go against the spirit of the Waste Framework Directive due to be adopted this month, according to MEP Caroline Jackson.

In an exclusive interview published in this weeks MRW, Jackson, the European Parliament rapporteur on waste, said the text of the directive was not clear on whether green waste would be included.

My understanding is that we did not expect that green waste would be included, she said.

It could be - its a permissive text. The text talks basically of paper, glass, plastics and metal. It doesnt say anything about green waste. You could argue if you wanted to that that means you cant exclude it, she said.

But she said the inclusion of green waste to pump up recycling weight percentages went against the spirit of the text.

Additionally, Jackson said it was unclear if the municipal recycling rate would be a national target or one for each local authority to meet.

The final version of the Waste Framework Directive agreed in June set recycling targets for EU member states of 50% for municipal waste and 70% for construction and demolition waste by 2020.

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