Eunomia was commissioned to undertake a review of the targets in the Waste Framework Directive, the Landfill Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
The consultation ran between 4 June and 10 September 2013, during which time a total of 670 responses were received.
The study’s aim was to identify key issues with the existing targets and propose possible solutions.
“The responses received have made useful contributions to the emerging thinking on waste management targets. The views expressed are being taken into consideration as part of Eunomia’s ongoing work for the Commission and will inform further deliberation on the options,” Eunomia said.
The UK Government responded to the Consultation, making it clear that it would not support plans to change EU targets or definitions for 2020 set out in the Waste Framework Directive, nor would it support new environmental targets or extending landfill bans or restrictions for specific materials at an EU-level.
The UK rejected changing EU-level targets for 2020, saying that waste management policy and delivery requires “stability and a long term direction of travel.”
The response stated that changes to targets “would be unlikely to improve the current system and could result in perverse or unintended outcomes”.
It also said that the UK would only support extending landfill bans or restrictions for specific materials if there were a “clear economic and environmental case to do so”.
Regarding changes to targets on municipal waste: Majority of respondents chose option 6, which was to improve monitoring and validation of the reports submitted by member states so that the consistency and reliability of data can be validated.
Regarding changes to construction and demolition waste targets: Majority of respondents chose option 9, which was to provide clear definitions of recycling and material recovery, and how these should be calculated for the C&D waste stream.
Regarding changes to the landfill directive: Majority of respondents chose option 3, which was to standardise the approach to performance measurement and progress reporting.
Regarding changes to packaging and packaging waste directive: Majority of respondents chose option 1, which suggested the methodology for calculating recycling rates should be standardised so that data (and hence performance levels) are comparable across member states.
Proposed recycling rate target changes most opted for by respondents are as follows:
- paper and cardboard 75 percent (achievable by 2021)
- glass 80 percent (achievable by 2021)
- metals 75 percent (achievable by 2021)
- plastic 60 percent (achievable by 2022)
- wood 60 percent (achievable by 2022)
- all packaging 70 percent (achievable by 2022).
256 respondents (56 percent) were in favour of new waste prevention targets.
251 respondents (54 percent) were not in favour of setting new preparation for re-use targets.
390 (84 percent) said yes to increasing or expanding existing recycling targets.
193 (60 percent) said yes to setting recycling targets according to the situation within individual member states.
The full consultation can now be downloaded HERE