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Earlier this week, the Commission adopted new 2030 waste targets that aim to boost recycling and help drive Europe's transition towards a 'circular economy'.

Under our current model, valuable materials are continuously leaking from our economies. In 2011, total waste produ...
CORDIS Express: EU-research supports waste targets
Earlier this week, the Commission adopted new 2030 waste targets that aim to boost recycling and help drive Europe's transition towards a 'circular economy'.

Under our current model, valuable materials are continuously leaking from our economies. In 2011, total waste production in the EU amounted to approximately 2.5 billion tons. Only 40 % of the municipal waste generated was recycled, with the rest being landfilled or incinerated. A staggering 500 million tons of it could have been otherwise recycled or reused.

According to the new proposal, EU countries would reach recycling rates of 70 % of municipal waste and 80 % of packaging waste by 2030, and it would be illegal to bury recyclable waste in landfill from 2025. The proposal also includes measures aimed at reducing food waste generation by 30 % by 2025, as well as a target for reducing marine litter. The Commission says that achieving these new waste targets would create 580 000 new jobs compared to today's performance.

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, underlined the importance of research projects in our move towards a new economic model: 'Research and innovation are the keys to success for the Circular Economy, which is why we are proposing a joined-up approach today. Alongside a supportive regulatory framework, our new Horizon 2020 programme will contribute the know-how necessary to shape a resource-efficient, green and competitive low-carbon economy in the EU.'

Researchers across Europe are already engaged in a range of projects exploring more innovative design techniques, testing better performing and more durable products and production processes, and making technical advances to turn waste into a resource. This edition of CORDIS Express takes a look at articles highlighting some of these research efforts.

- Trending science: The curious case of the disappearing sea rubbish

- A new biodegradable product for environmentally friendly crops

- Generation Awake talks 'upcycling'

- Circular economy: the great innovation challenge

- Cutting-edge research on non-food biofuels

- Nurturing social innovation to reduce food waste

- Recycling old aircraft plastics

- Re-using industrial waste heat

- Mutual learning for better waste management

- 'Whey' better plastics for food packaging
Source: CORDIS, DG Environment, DG Research and Innovation

Subjects

Waste Management
Record Number: 36634 / Last updated on: 2014-07-04
Category: Miscellaneous
Provider: EC