In July 2018, the new Waste Framework Directive 2018, WFD (Directive (EU) 2018/851 of the European Parliament, amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste) was approved. It is required to be transposed into EU Member State law by 5 July 2020.
The aim of the new WFD is:
- Waste management should be enhanced and transformed into sustainable material management
- Principles of a circular economy to be promoted
- Reducing the dependencies on imported resources
- Promotion of long- term competitiveness which offers new economic prospects
Directive 2008/98/EC targets for the re-use and recycling of waste should be increased to try and encompass the move to a circular economy. Goals set out in the new WFD include for the re-use, and the recycling of municipal waste shall be increased to a minimum of:
- 55 % by 2025
- 60% by 2030
- 65% by 2035
Consideration has been given to low performing Member States; therefore, targets can be postponed up to 5 years if required.