Plastic recycling is definitely not going according to plan in Spain, as far as Europe is concerned.
The target was that within two years 50% of solid domestic waste should be recycled but Spain together with 13 countries in the EU is lagging behind, according to the European Commission report.
Our fellow laggers are Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungry, Latvia, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Rumania and Slovakia.
The 50% recycling by 2020 is only the first step to achieve the aspired ‘circular economy,’ because it should have reached 55% by 2025, 60% in 2030, and 65% by 2035.
Environmental Commissar, Karmenu Vella, said that more publicity campaigns should be used to encourage waste recycling starting at home, more frequent rubbish collection and more taxes on plastic shopping bags, for example.
Editorial Comment: If the EU really wants to tackle the plastic problem, it can start by forcing the international food chains to bring out consumer products with less packaging. Less plastic on the supermarket shelves!