What is it about?

This study measures how well European countries are recycling and reducing waste. It forecasts how circularity rates will change in the future and compares this to what countries need to do to meet their circular economy goals. It also looks at how circular economy affects things like innovation, trade, and waste reduction. Finally, it makes recommendations for policies that can help countries improve their performances

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Why is it important?

By understanding circular economy trends, policymakers can develop effective strategies to improve recycling rates and achieve circular economy objectives. This is critical for creating a cleaner future, as it will help to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfills, conserve resources, crwate jobs, and protect the environment.


Our findings underscore the importance of international cooperation in promoting sustainable waste management. By collaborating to develop common policies and supporting lagging countries, policymakers can collectively address the global challenge of waste management and contribute to a cleaner future for all.

Giacomo Di Foggia
Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca

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This page is a summary of: Sustainability pathways in European waste management for meeting circular economy goals, Environmental Research Letters, November 2023, Institute of Physics Publishing,
DOI: 10.1088/1748-9326/ad067f.
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