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EU Seeks to Recycle Nearly Two-Thirds of Municipal Waste by 2035

Dec. 18, 2017, 6:54 PM

The European Union’s 28 member countries provisionally agreed Dec. 18 on a series of binding waste targets under which at least 65 percent of household waste generated in the bloc would be recycled by 2035.

In an informal deal with the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union—which represents member countries—also agreed to interim recycling targets of 55 percent by 2025 and 60 percent in 2030, and to a 10 percent cap on the volume of waste sent to landfills by 2035.

Household waste recycling rates vary widely in the EU. While the average is about...

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