Half of EU countries ‘at risk’ of missing recycling targets



Many EU governments are struggling to meet their recycling and waste prevention obligations, the European Commission confirmed in a new assessment of environmental laws.

Half of the EU countries are at risk of missing the municipal waste recycling target of 50% by 2020, according to the European Commission.

Despite an increase in recycling rates across the EU from 43.7% in 2014 to 46.4% in 2017, only nine countries are on track to reach the target, while five – Austria, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Slovenia – have already achieved it.

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