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Parliamentary questions
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24 July 2019
Question for written answer E-002429-19
to the Commission
Rule 138
Lídia Pereira (PPE)

 Subject:  Possible breach of European recycling targets by Member States
 Answer in writing 

A circular economy and recycling are key to protecting the environment and the earth’s ecosystems.

Europe is focusing on transitioning from a linear economy to a circular one by moving towards a model where products, materials and resources are kept and used for as long as possible.

It recognises the importance of recycling for the sustainability of natural resources; indeed, the recycling rate of municipal waste has risen continuously over the last 20 years throughout the European Union, from 25.3% to 46.5%.(1) However, on average, recycled materials make up less than 12% of demand for materials in the EU.(2)

The Portuguese Environment Agency recently published its Annual Report on Urban Waste 2018(3), which shows that Portugal increased the amount of waste it sent to landfill in 2018, seriously damaging the country’s environmental standing.

How does the Commission intend to ensure that the Portuguese Government meets the European domestic recycling target of 50%(4), which — unlike other European countries — it is not doing at present?


Original language of question: PT 
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