The EU Waste Framework defines bio-waste as “biodegradable garden and park waste, food and kitchen waste from households, restaurants, caterers and retail premises, and comparable waste from food processing plants and other waste with similar biodegradability and compostability properties” 

The European Parliament adopted the waste legislative proposals in the Plenary on 14 March 2017. The proposal includes the following aspects that refer to bio-waste:

  • 70% target for recycling of municipal waste with a 5% of that waste to be prepared for reuse by 2030
  • Obligatory separate collection of the main waste streams, including bio-waste
  • Separate collection at source of bio-waste and introduction of European waste codes for municipal bio-waste that has been separately collected at source
  • Introduction of EU’s food waste reduction target of 30% by 2025 and of 50% by 2030, compared to the 2014 baseline

The experts of the Interreg Europe Environment ar Resource Efficiency Learning Platform have prepared a Policy Brief on Sustainable management of bio-waste, focus on regional cooperation for improved bio-waste management. The policy brief highlights the approaches to improve management of bio-waste. An emphasis is put on European Union's waste policy developments and regional actions encouraging more sustainable management of bio-waste.

Download the Policy Brief.

The Interreg Europe Policy Learning Platform is developed to stimulate knowledge exchange among Interreg Europe projects, European regions and other interested practitioners. To fine-tune the services and products of the platform to the user needs, we encourage you to share your ideas with Venelina Varbova[email protected], Thematic Manager for Environment and Resource Efficiency.

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