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More can be done regarding EU waste management - de Brún

15 June, 2008

Speaking prior to a vote on a report on waste management on Tuesday in Strasbourg, Sinn Féin MEP Bairbre de Brún has said,

"New EU waste management legislation still leaves a lot to be desired.

"Some mention of waste prevention and recycling targets are in place for the first time in EU legislation.

"A number of improvements have also been made to the original Commission proposal through amendments signed on behalf of all political groups, including myself on behalf of Sinn Féin, Liam Aylward, Fianna Fáil and the European Parliament Rapporteur Caroline Jackson.

"However I fear that, generally, proposals on waste prevention and recycling have weakened to the point where they will not be able to make a substantive enough contribution or clearly help Member States in stabilising and reducing the amount of waste produced.

"One area where we need more progress is with regards to recycling targets. The latest proposed deal sets out targets that are quite low and which may be very difficult to enforce,

"This is opposed to the European Parliament's originally suggested target of 50% recycling of municipal waste and 70% recycling of other waste - such as waste from construction, demolition, industry and manufacturing by 2020."

Ms de Brún concluded:

"We need to put major resources and policy emphasis on the more positive levels of the waste hierarchy." Deireadh

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