After three years, the work to finalize the four directives of the Circular Economy Package has been completed. With a majority vote on 18 April the European Parliament approved clear and ambitious rules that mark the way forward for a sustainable and profitable industrial development in the coming 15 years.
In line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Member states should aim to reduce food waste by 30% by 2025 and 50% by 2030. In order to prevent food waste, Member states should provide incentives for the recovery of unsold food products and their safe redistribution. Consumer awareness of the meaning "use by" and "best before" label dates should also be improved, said MEPs.
"With this Package, Europe is firmly committed to sustainable economic and social development, which will at last integrate industrial policies and environmental protection", said MEP Simona Bonafé (S&D, IT). "The circular economy is not only a waste management policy, but is a way to recover raw material and not to overstretch the already scarce resources of our planet, also by profoundly innovating our production system".
Now the work in the Member states begins in order to implement this legislation. We can work together to give substance to the potential of these rules and to put in place the necessary investments and actions to create opportunities for circular economy.
The Directive on waste is available here.