Implementation of the Waste Framework Directive
Question for written answer E-000241/2023
to the Commission
Henna Virkkunen (PPE)
The EU has set a target to recycle 85 % of paper and cardboard packaging by 2030. Paper cups are made of good recycling material, but they must be collected before they can be made into paper products again. In all EU countries, paper cups cannot yet be recycled. In order to promote fibre recycling and the circular economy, infrastructure and rules should be harmonised in the EU. In its proposal for a revision of EU legislation on packaging and packaging waste, the Commission does not put any focus on improving recycling rates in the Member States, for example, through introducing mandatory take-backs or other measures. These measures would further improve the recycling rates of paper-based packaging from the already high rate of 82 % (Eurostat) to almost 100 %.
- 1.Does the Commission recognise fibre as a secondary raw material?
- 2.What are its plans to further increase the recycling rates of fibre-based packaging in the Member States?
- 3.Does it favour fossil-based plastic packaging over renewable and recyclable paper-based packaging, as implied by the proposed ban of paper-based packaging in the hotel, restaurant and catering sector in its proposal for a new packaging and packaging waste regulation?