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quarta-feira, 15 de março de 2017

MEPs vote to boost recycling rates and limit food waste


An estimated 88 million tonnes of food are wasted each year in the EU - enough to feed the 55 million Europeans living in food poverty more than nine times over.
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In the draft amendments to the “waste package” legislation, MEPs voted on four waste-management directives, but mainly focused on waste accumulated from households and small firms—which account for 8% of all waste.

MEP Simona Bonafè, the author of the four directives on waste reduction and recycling, was backed by a large majority in the European Parliament, according to the Socialists and Democrats Group.

Around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted each year in the EU—enough to feed the 55 million Europeans living in food poverty more than nine times over.

“This is one of Europe’s biggest environmental and humanitarian crises, and it will only get worse if policy makers don’t come up with a legally binding framework to prevent this,” said Piotr Barczak, waste policy officer for the European Environmental Bureau, a green campaign group.

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