In 2015, the European Commission published an Action Plan to revise the 2008 directive on waste. It was the sparkle starting the discussion on the “Circular Economy Package”. The initiative set ambitious targets to tackle the topic of waste and recycling, and change consumers’ and producers’ approach from linear to circular. The rapporteur of the initiative, MEP Simona Bonafè (S&D) managed to obtain even more ambitious targets, compared to the Commission’s proposal: by 2025, at least 55% of municipal waste should be recycled, raising the amount to 65% by 2035; member States are oblige to reduce landfill to a maximum of 10% of waste by 2035; and there will be a separate collection for packaging waste.
Today, after long and lengthy negotiations between the Parliament and the Council, the Directive is ready to be adopted. The text approved by the Council is expected to be formally adopted in the April plenary session of the Parliament.
Go through the Waste directive history here