EU Environment Committee Directing Funding to Higher Waste Hierarchy Options

Connector Fall 2018

Members of the environment committee proposed to direct EU funding to higher waste hierarchy options – waste prevention, reuse and recycling – to help member states advance towards a Circular Economy, while excluding funding for residual waste treatment facilities, e.g. waste incineration and MBT (Mechanical Biological Treatment).

This is particularly relevant for Central and Eastern European countries (CEE) that have invested over 50% of the Cohesion Funding into residual waste treatment whilst underinvested in developing separate collection and recycling schemes. This puts several of them at risk of not meeting the objectives of the waste framework directive for 2020.

Source: Zero Waste Europe