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EU Targets 65 Percent Recycling of Household Waste by 2030 Under Revised Plan

EU Targets 65 Percent Recycling of Household Waste by 2030 Under Revised Plan

The European Union aims to ensure that 65 percent of household waste is recycled by 2030, up from less than half currently, under revised new waste management rules proposed on Wednesday.

The European Commission is seeking to reduce the amounts of metals, plastic, food and other biomatter that end up in landfills or pollute the oceans.

The 65 percent target was less than 70 percent in an initial proposal last year, and the Commission said it was a more "realistic" target for EU member governments to meet.

The revised plan specifically targets plastics, 50 percent of which litter landfills and oceans where they endanger marine life, the Commission said.

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