Europe needs to reduce landfills and food waste, handle and recycle packaging waste better : these are the main goals of the "Waste Package" to be adopted by the European Parliament at its March session in Strasbourg.
The EU produces more than 79 billion tonnes of packaging waste every year... and that amount just keeps growing. Less than half of it is recycled or turned into compost. Sorting centers like this one in Brussels are already in high demand. Everything that is reusable should be reused. The point of recycling is to reuse things that we no longer use. It would be good to define at the European level, what qualifies as metal, cardboard or paper. If citizens recycle and sort their waste well, they will understand that they are contributing to a market, what might be waste for them has real economic value. The European Parliament has set a new target : 70% of all waste should be recycled by 2030, compared with just 44% today. One third of municipal waste goes to landfill. Though for some Member States, it's more. Here in Greece, three-quarters of everything thrown away ends up in a dump like this one. I think landfills should be eliminated, but only if they can be replaced with other structures that meet the EU's requirements. Simply building a site and transferring garbage to make another dump is not a solution. I don't think the EU should give more time to our country because this will only mean more delays, as we've seen until now. We should not be overly strict with these countries. We should lend them a hand and help them to put in place the necessary infrastructure for them to recycle as desired. By 2030, EU lawmakers hope to rely on landfills for only 5% of all waste. 88 million tonnes of food are wasted in the EU each year, mostly by households. Some of them have already changed their ways. This Spanish family living in Brussels is new to composting and doesn't shy away from leftovers. My impression is that the entire food chain, from production in farms or in the countryside all the way to the final consumer, could be improved a lot. It's an environmental issue, but also a moral and ethical one It's unacceptable to waste so much food. Simona Bonafe's report says nothing edible or reusable should be thrown away. That's the only way Europe can reach its goal of slashing food waste by half by 2030.