EEA report stresses that Europe remains far from a circular economy

According to the “State and outlook 2015” report of the European Environment Agency (EEA), “waste management is improving but Europe remains far from a circular economy”.

The report explains that the EU appears to be progressing towards its 2020 objective of achieving a decline in waste generated per capita. But waste management will need to change radically in order to phase out completely the landfilling of recyclable or recoverable waste.

EEA experts agree on the fact that waste prevention is not only about the product end-of-life, but about all its lifecycle. Design and choice of material inputs are the keys in determining the possibilities for repair, reusing parts, recycling, and also for reducing waste.

Those assessments point the same way as the Pre-waste project which has developed a consistent and comprehensive set of tools to help local and regional authorities preventing waste. In particular, the Pre-waste project developed a methodology to set up waste prevention strategies at local or regional level, along with a range of good practices and a waste prevention monitoring tool.

Also, ACR+ is currently helping cities and regions to develop circular economy strategies within its working group on circular economy, the Circular Europe Network. The next meeting of the Circular Europe Network will take place in Budapest on 28 May.