The Relationship between the Circular Economy and Sustainable Waste Management in European Union

Marcuta Liviu (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest,59, Marasti BId, District 1, Bucharest, 011464, Romania)
Panait Razvan (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest,59, Marasti BId, District 1, Bucharest, 011464, Romania)
Marcuta Alina (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Bucharest,59, Marasti BId, District 1, Bucharest, 011464, Romania)

Abstract


Modern life has contributed both to the increase of living standards, to the increase of the comfort level and to the development of the society, but also to the increase of the amount of waste that end up suffocating the planet and threatening the existence of present and future generations. Among the solutions that are sought and that are included in various programs and policies, the concept of circular economy is one that is increasingly discussed when talking about the sustainable development of society. The circular economy implies a reduction of the natural resources consumed due to both recycling and their fair consumption. At the E.U. level the foundations have been laid for policies aimed at waste management to ensure the application of the principles of the circular economy.

Considering the importance that the quantification of the indicators for implementing the circular economy have on the elaboration of more efficient policies, but also on the determination of the degree of implementation of this concept, in this paper we intend to analyze the evolution of these indicators in 2010-2019, in the European Union using a customized version of the DPSIR model. Their analysis led us to the conclusion that although important steps have been taken towards the transition to the circular economy, there are still many aspects that need to be improved in order to achieve the proposed objectives through European policies.


Keywords


circular economy; waste; sustainability; European policies

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.30564/jbar.v4i1.2709

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