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EU falling behind on plastic recycling targets, auditors say

BRUSSELS, Oct 6 (Reuters) - The European Union is at risk of missing its plastic packaging recycling targets, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said on Tuesday, warning an incoming ban on exports of trash to poorer nations will increase the risk of a plastic waste pile-up.

Europe produced 29 million tonnes of post-consumer plastic waste in 2018, more than 60% of it packaging. More plastic waste is incinerated than recycled in Europe.

“There is a huge need for recycling capacities,” said ECA member Samo Jereb, adding that the EU and national governments also need to better enforce laws on illegal waste disposal.

The European Commission could not immediately be reached for comment. (Reporting by Kate Abnett; Editing by Catherine Evans)

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