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The draft was approved by the Plenary Session of the European Committee of the Regions (CoR).
Local communities are ready to give more: the regional and local managers of EU countries requested that the minimum recycling rate of urban waste be increased to 70% by 2030, while the current target set by the EU Commission is 65%. This is the main message of the note approved by the Plenary Session of the EU Committee of the Regions (CoR) drafted by Domenico Gambacorta, mayor of Ariano Irpino and president of the Province of Avellino.
“I am very satisfied with this result – said Gambacorta after the voting – I believe we managed to improve some aspects of the four directives on waste that were proposed in December by the EU Commission. We followed a very strict schedule, fully respecting the deadlines we were given. […] I believe the opinion of the Committee of Regions is fundamental, because the responsibility of the management of urban waste falls on the shoulders of local communities. It is essential to bring to light the value of waste, because its management creates jobs and secondary raw materials, a potential which is not to be underestimated in times of crisis”.
The text is part of the ongoing review of the EU norms on waste currently taking place in Brussels: the review started in December with the presentation of the circular economy norm package by the EU Commission. The Committee of the Regions chose to raise the goals set by the executive organs, although many consider them to be quite difficult to achieve, by increasing the obligatory urban waste recycling rate from 65% to 70% by 2030.
“These goals are ambitious but realistic – explained Gambacorta – In order to achieve them we need the participation of institutions as well as of citizens and enterprises: as producers, enterprises have the responsibility of investing in research and development to try and simplify the disposal of some products which can no longer be dumped in landfills”.
Another novelty proposed by the report of the Committee is a sort of “Agreement of Mayors” for what concerns the management of waste, in order to bring about people-powered change. There must also be a shared effort to ease waste sorting and create better conditions for the recycling industry with faster authorizations and shorter waiting times.