New EU waste rules agreement meets many of EUROCITIES' lobby efforts

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On 18 December, the Estonian Presidency and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on new EU waste rules, following months of discussions during which EUROCITIES pushed for key amendments.

The new pieces of legislations set waste targets for EU member states, and update the rules on waste production, better manage waste and increase reuse and recycling of products.

The provisional deal amends all four waste legislative proposals included in the Circular Economy Package, released in December 2015 (directives on waste framework, landfills, packaging and electrical and electronic waste).

Highlights of this new legislation include clearer definitions of key waste concepts, including municipal waste, which was one of the recommendations of EUROCITIES, Municipal Waste Europe and the Council of European Municipalities and Regions in their joint statement on the proposal for the revision of the directive on waste and landfills. New binding targets for waste reduction and municipal waste landfill by 2035 are also set.

This agreement comes after EUROCITIES' lobbying efforts and will contribute to a more circular economy in the European Union. After formal approval, the new legislation will be submitted to the European Parliament for a vote at first reading and to the Council for final adoption.

More information at:

EUROCITIES joint statement on the revision of the directive on waste and landfill:

EUROCITIES response to the circular economy package: