The motion for a resolution follows several petitions submitted to the EP in the last few years over Member States’ failure to properly implement waste legislation.
It stresses the importance of ensuring that public financing, at both EU and national level, is consistent with the objectives set out in the implementation of the waste hierarchy – i.e. towards prevention, reuse, separate collection, and recycling plans and projects.
It calls on Member States (MS) to make more progress in developing effective plans and projects for prevention, reuse, separate collection and recycling and urges the Commission to support them in these efforts. In this regard, the text suggests adopting economic instruments as set out in the WFD and implementing efficient and cost-effective EPR schemes to boost the transition towards the circular economy. It also calls on the MS to take measures to clean up litter and improve waste management, and to adopt economic instruments and awareness raising campaigns to prevent littering.
The resolution further calls on the Commission to reward bets practices in waste management at all levels and to facilitate their exchange, and on MS and industries to improve their engagement in promoting circular supply chains so as to facilitate access to high-quality secondary raw materials.
The text also supports ongoing infringement procedures against MS for their failure to comply with the waste legislation, and calls on the Commission to use the full potential of the early warning system as set out in the revised waste directives.
While the resolution is non-binding, it does voice this Parliament’s position with the aim of highlighting the existing problems with, and the need for better waste management in Member States (it mentions 60 petitions on waste management-related issues in Belgium, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Poland, Slovakia, Spain and the UK over the past few years, for example). As such, it is certainly something that we can refer to in our engagements with policymakers or in our materials in future, particularly with regards to the calls for better implementation of EU waste legislation and with regards to efficient and cost-effective EPR implementation.
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