Petition update

HUGE VICTORY! European Parliament votes to halve EU food waste &for review of making targets binding

Martin Bowman (This Is Rubbish)
United Kingdom

Mar 14, 2017 — Together, we’ve won a huge victory! Follow the campaign on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thisisrubbishmovement/

Today, the European Parliament voted to halve EU food waste by 2030, but more significantly it went beyond what the Environment Committee proposed in January, and called on the Commission to review making these targets binding by 2020. This is a huge step forward!

Over 2600 of you took action with our Global Citizen action, and over 2000 of you took action with our Friends of the Earth action, bombarding MEPs with emails in support of binding targets! Over 1000 of you tweeted at MEPs. We’d like to thank Global Citizen and Friends of the Earth for hosting these actions, but most of all to YOU all for adding this huge pressure!

It’s really unusual for the Parliament to vote for things that are more ambitious than its Environment Committee, so this was a huge victory for people power!

We also got some great coverage for the victory –
https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/meps-vote-to-boost-recycling-rates-and-limit-food-waste/

http://www.edie.net/news/11/MEPs-vote-to-restore-circular-economy-targets-in-landmark-vote/

http://resource.co/article/meps-back-recycling-calculation-consistency-and-70-cent-target-11741

BUT THE FIGHT’S NOT OVER!

The final package will be decided by the European Parliament, Council and Commission thrashing out the final details of the food waste targets over the coming months.

The Council is currently deciding on its position, and it’s often less environmental than the Parliament - so it’s vital we get the Ministers of the Council from each EU country to step up to be as ambitious as the Parliament, to stop them watering down any of the fantastic targets we’ve helped win together!

We’ll keep you posted when we’ll be taking our campaign to the European Council!

Now with over 64,000 people and 51 organisations from around 17 countries backing our campaign, together we’re unstoppable!

Thank you again, and together we can end food waste!

Martin
Campaigner for This Is Rubbish

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