The European Parliament enacts four legislative proposals to boost Circular Economy

The European Parliament approved last April four legislative proposals that will boost the circular economy. The idea is, with these proposals, the economy can follow the natural cycle of life. Until now, the economy always followed a linear trend, that is, we create a product, we use it, we throw it away and, finally, we replace it with another one.

 

The proposals approved are initiatives that aim to keep materials and waste longer in the economy, that means, reduce the entry and production of new materials, as well as the waste creation, closing the economic and ecological circles of resources.

The circular economy includes a change not only in the production and consumption of goods and services, but also towards the use of renewable energies, which is, by definition, restorative and regenerative.

 

In this way, in the year 2025, 55% of municipal waste (coming from individuals and companies) is recycled. The target will increase 60% by 2030. 65% of packaging materials will have to be recycled before 2025 and 70% before 2030. Separate objectives are established by specific packaging materials such as paper, cardboard, plastics, glass, metal and wood.

 

In Spain, the objectives are a challenge, since, currently 443 kilos of waste person/year are generated and only 29.7% are recycled. This bill also aims to limit the amount of waste that ends up directly in landfills, which in Spain currently represent more than half of waste. As a reference in this area we find countries such as Belgium, Holland, Sweden, Denmark or Germany, which practically do not use landfills as the final destination of municipal waste.

 

For more information on the circular economy, you can take a look at this Ted Talk by Cillian Lohan on the Ellen Macarthur Foundation website.

 

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