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  • 29 October 2014

The EU to phase out landfilling

More recycling and better use of valuable raw materials is the purpose of a new proposal by the European Commission for the handling of waste.

Today, all EU countries loose a substantial amount of valuable raw materials because their waste is burned or landfilled. According to the Danish Ministry of the Environment, the EU Member States produce 2.5bn tonnes of waste each year. Only about 40% is recycled, while 37% is landfilled and 23% is burned.

Therefore, the European Commission has put forward a proposal on waste to ensure that the Member States to a higher degree recycle their waste and the tonnes of raw materials that are lost today.

The Commission's proposal is based on the fundamental idea that it should not be profitable to burn or bury waste when it has a value that may be exploited.

Thus, the proposal is well in line with the resource strategy of the Danish Government called "Denmark without waste", which, among other things, aims at recycling twice as much household waste in 2022 as today.

Consequences of the proposal
According to the Commission, the waste proposal will mean that 500m tonnes of raw materials would be recycled each year, for the benefit of the environment and Europe's undertakings. Thus, the proposal will also promote green jobs in Europe.

If the proposal is adopted, it will affect a number of Danish acts and result in a major revision of the entire waste legislation.

Consequently, the Government will carry out a number of thorough economic impact assessments before deciding on the proposal.

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