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Parliamentary questions
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26 September 2014
Question for written answer E-007174-14
to the Commission
Rule 130
Aldo Patriciello (PPE)

 Subject:  Fair distribution of recycling responsibilities
 Answer in writing 

Every EU citizen generates about 6 tonnes of waste per year and, despite the fact that the management of waste disposal is slowly improving, the EU economy continues to lose a large amount of its ‘secondary raw materials’.

In 2012, only 41% of municipal waste in the EU-28 was recycled (Eurostat data).

An increase in recycling would result in substantial savings; for example, if 1 000 tonnes of plastic were to be recycled, about 3 500 tonnes of crude oil would be saved — the equivalent of the energy used by 15 000 refrigerators in one year.

Under the Waste Framework Directive, by 2020 every EU country will have to recycle half of its municipal waste.

Among the main causes of the failure to recycle is a lack of knowledge among end users of the proper way to dispose of goods and their packaging.

Can the Commission therefore say whether it has already made provision for a plan to make EU companies more responsible by asking them to indicate waste disposal methods on each of their products and items of packaging?

Original language of question: IT 
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