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What is the Circular Economy Package?

The Circular Economy Package marks an important demarcation line with respect to the past, defining a new common philosophy and a change in mentality necessary to achieve priority objectives for separate collection

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Angela Cyril
16 October 2020

As its name suggests, it is an action plan aimed at accelerating the transition to a highly circular economy in the European Community, as part of a broader path to "boost global competitiveness, promote sustainable economic growth and create new jobs".

Economic growth is therefore being put in a "green" perspective, with a series of measures concerning production, consumption, waste management and the market for secondary raw materials.

The Circular Economy Package identifies five priority areas to accelerate the transition along their value chain:

  • plastics
  • food waste
  • essential raw materials
  • construction and demolition
  • biomass and biological materials

There is also a strong emphasis on creating a solid foundation on which investment andinnovation can thrive.

In particular, the Circular Economy Package defines new targets for separate collection:

by 2025 we will be required to recycle 55% of the waste produced, 60% by 2030 and 65% by 2035. Also by 2035 we will only be able to landfill 10% of our waste. By 2025 we will have to recycle 60% of packaging and 70% by 2030.

These are important objectives and the deadlines are very close, which is why the transposition in the member states of the directives of the Circular Economy Package marks an important demarcation line compared to the past and defines a new common philosophy in the way of producing and managing waste and a change of mentality, with a substantial impact in the approach to the issue of waste production and management for the coming decades.

Some data for percentage lovers

(data source ISPRA)

As this will be an issue of increasing concern to us, we list the recovery rates defined in the European targets.

  • Separate collection

55% by 2025
60% by 2030
65% by 2035

  • Landfill

Under 10% by 2035

  • Packaging waste recycling

65% by 2025
70% by 2030

  • Recycling of packaging waste by material

By 2025

50% per la plastica;
25% per il legno;
50% per l'alluminio;
70% per i metalli ferrosi;
70% per il vetro;
75% per la carta e il cartone

By 2030

55% per la plastica;
30% per il legno;
60% per l'alluminio;
80% per i metalli ferrosi;
75% per il vetro;
85% per la carta e il cartone.

How are the European Directives of the Circular Economy Package implemented in Italy?

The transposition in Italy of the directives of the Circular Economy Package provides, in addition to the legislative decree 116/2020 of which we have discussed extensively HERELegislative Decree 118/2020 and 119/2020, one on waste batteries, accumulators and WEEE and the other on end-of-life vehicles (both implementing European Directive 2018/849), and Legislative Decree 121/2020 on landfills (implementing European Directive 2018/850):

  1. Legislative Decree 116/2020 - the so-called "Waste Decree" - on waste, packaging andpackaging waste(in force since 26 September 2020);
  2. Legislative Decree 118/2020 on waste batteries, accumulators and WEEE (in force since 27 September 2020);
  3. Legislative Decree 119/2020 on end-of-life vehicles (in force since 27 September 2020);
  4. Legislative Decree 121/2020 on landfills (in force since 29 September 2020).

For further information, please refer to our article on Legislative Decree 116/2020: click here to read more

L'autore

Angela Cirillo è una Consulente della Comunicazione specializzata in Comunicazione Web. Dal 2018 è Responsabile Dife Magazine.

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