+ of raw materials needed in the European Union is imported. Recognising this to be unsustainable, the EU launched the Circular Economy Package.
02 Dec 2015
date when the package was announced.
funding committed by the EU to help European businesses and consumers to make the transition to a stronger and more circular economy where resources are used in a more sustainable way.
main components of the package:
Revised Legislative Proposals on Waste: redefines waste, allowing companies to make greater use of still-valuable resources that are currently discarded, and sets binding recycling targets for the next 15 years.
Action Plan for the Circular Economy: encourages far greater resource efficiency much earlier in the production process and includes an eco-design standard encouraging producers to design products with their end of life in mind.
key waste targets for 2030 include:
of municipal waste must be recycled.
of packaging waste must be recycled.
cap on the amount of municipal waste the can end up as landfill.