Re-use and recycling targets: European Commission issues report

July 24th, 2023

The European Commission has released an early warning report that assesses whether Member States are on track to meet the 2025 recycling targets set out in the Waste Framework Directive and the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

The European Commission has released an early warning report that assesses whether Member States are on track to meet the 2025 recycling targets set out in the Waste Framework Directive and the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

The report also provides a preliminary assessment on the target of reducing landfill of municipal waste to less than 10% by 2035.

Member States are required to meet the following targets:

  • 55% preparing for re-use and recycling of municipal waste,
  • 65% recycling of all packaging waste, and
  • material-specific packaging waste recycling targets of 75% for paper and cardboard, 70% for glass, 50% for aluminium, 50% for plastic and 25% for wood.

The Commission’s report evaluates the Member States as follows:

  • 9 Member States are on track to meet all targets (Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Slovenia)
  • 8 Member States are at risk of missing the municipal waste target only (Estonia, Finland, France, Ireland, Latvia, Portugal, Spain and Sweden), and
  • 10 Member States are at risk of missing both the targets for municipal and all packaging waste for 2025 (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania and Slovakia)

The results of the early warning report are accompanied by specific recommendations for the 18 Member States that are at risk of not achieving the targets.

The Commission will continue to offer technical and financial support to the Member States but calls on national authorities to step up their actions on the ground.

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