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Food waste volumes in the EU reach 180 kg per capita annually

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMembers of the European Parliament want to reduce the volume of waste buried in landfills to 5% and reduce the volume of food product waste to 50% by 2030, as noted in the document.

According to statistical data for 2014, show that 44% of all household waste in the European Union is either recycled or composted. In 2004, this volume was only 31%. The plan is to make sure this volume of waste reach 50% by 2020.

«Today, Parliament by a very large majority has showed that it believes in the transition towards a circular economy. We decided to restore the ambitious recycling and landfill targets in line with what the Commission had originally proposed in 2014,» said lead MEP Simona Bonafè (S&D, IT).

«Demand for raw materials by the world economy could increase by a further 50% in the next 15 years. In order to reverse this trend, we must adopt a circular development model which keeps materials and their value in circulation, the only solution able to keep together sustainability with economic growth,» she added.

Re-use, recycling and recovery are becoming the key words around which a new paradigm needs to be built to promote sustainability, innovation and competitiveness, so that waste will cease to be a problem and become a resource.

It is stated in regulations that by 2030 at least 70% of household waste should be recycled or prepared to re-use (checked, cleaned and fixed), as proposed by MEPs. The original offer from the European Commission was 65%.

For packaging materials (paper, carton, plastic, glass, metal and wood), MEPs propose setting the bar at 80% for 2030.

The draft law limits the share of municipal waste to be landfilled to 10% by 2030. MEPs propose reducing this to 5%albeit with a possible five-year extension, under certain conditions, for member states which landfilled more than 65% of their municipal waste in 2013.

It is mentioned in the report that the volume of food product waste in the EU reached 89 million tonnes or 180 kg per capita annually. MEPs support EU’s waste reduction goal by 30% before 2025 and by 50% by 2030. They also offer a similar goal for waste polluting the sea.

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