The European Parliament has adopted the own-initiative report „Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy” on Thursday at midday with 394 votes in favour, 197 against and 82 abstentions. The report tabled by Finnish MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen calls for raising the minimum quota for the recycling or preparation for reuse of municipal waste to 70 per cent by 2030 among other aspects.
They also include strictly limiting incineration to non-recyclable and non-biodegradable waste by 2020, and banning the landfilling of waste from 2030, exempting only certain types of hazardous waste and residual waste for which this is the most environmentally sound option.
The report is not legally binding, but represents a recommendation to the EU Commission. As it reflects how the Parliament will position itself when it is to co-decide on legislative proposals, the EU Commission may take it into account when it draws up its new circular economy package due to be tabled before the end of the year.