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[GreenYes] European Union Recycling Requirement

Ministers Agree on New EU Packaging Goals
LUXEMBOURG, June 26, 2002 (ENS) - Environment ministers from across the
European Union gathered in Luxembourg Tuesday for their final official
council meeting before the summer break. Definitive agreement on text for a
new packaging law must wait until the European Parliament submits its own
opinion on the law in September.
In the meantime, ministers set out how they believe recycling and recovery
targets should be revised. The deal differs little from a compromise
proposal circulated before the meeting by the outgoing Spanish presidency.
Under the accord, member states would have to recycle at least 55 percent
and at most 80 percent of their waste packaging by 2008. There would be no
upper limit on waste recovery.
Individual material specific targets were set at 60 percent for paper and
board, 60 percent for glass, 50 percent for metals, 15 percent for wood and
22.5 percent for plastics.
The plastics target resulted from compromise between Germany, Sweden and the
Netherlands on the one hand, asking for 25 percent, and Italy, Greece,
Luxembourg and Ireland on the other, arguing that 20 percent was as far as
they could go.
The final accord was supported by all member states except Belgium and the
Netherlands. Both wanted the limits to enter into force in 2006 and objected
to the completion of negotiations before the parliament's view was ready.

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