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Municipal Waste Strategy for Approaching European Union Recycling Targets



Year of publication 2017
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Sardinia 2017. 16th International waste management and landfil symposium
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Economics and Administration

Field Solid waste and its control, recycling
Keywords municipal waste; recycling rates; recycling rate calculation methods; data collection methods; waste statistics
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Description The paper discusses municipal waste strategy for approaching the European Union (EU) recycling targets set out in the Commission Decision (2011/753/EU) establishing rules and calculation methods for these targets. We analyse the calculation of recycling targets for municipal waste in the period 2010 – 2015 carried out using 4 calculation methods for the Member States of the EU. We try to assess the differences between interpretations of the EU Municipal Waste (MW) definitions and the impact that different recycling rate calculation methods have on final recycling figures. We discuss significant inconsistencies in the data collection methods and interpretations of the definition of MW used to support the opinion of the European Parliament from March 14, 2017 that the calculation of recycled MW should be based on one harmonised method which will prevent Member States from reporting discarded waste as recycled waste. A case study for the Czech Republic is presented in which we analyse whether the common EU 50 % target for recycling MW in 2020 and the 65 % target for recycling MW in 2030 are achievable in the Czech Republic. Conclusions from this case study are generalized to Central and Eastern EU MSs.
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