Food waste is a largely underestimated problem: Globally, about one third of food produced is wasted. In Europe, this amounts to 90 million tonnes every year. More than 40% of European food waste comes from households, of which 60% is avoidable.
The EU considers its vision of a circular economy as being the logical solution for a resource-constrained world. It's a place where almost nothing is wasted, where the re-use and re-manufacturing of products has become standard practice and where sustainability is built into the fabric of society.
The European Commission is reviewing European Waste legislation in line with the EU Resource Efficiency objectives. This review includes a revision of the waste management targets and Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as one key policy tool to achieve existing and higher recycling and recovery targets for packaging waste.