Climate to be king at upcoming CAP talks
As Donald Trump set about rolling back US climate protections, the EU moved forward with its own green agenda.
Aside from new 2030 emission reduction targets, the bloc also wants to set 2030 waste reduction goals and boost the use of organic fertilisers.
EU officials made a dig at the new US president over the issue last week.
"If we do it at the European level, a stricter regulation, we will be followed by other parts of the world," said Commission vice-president Frans Timmermans, "even if in some parts of the world today they believe in alternative facts."
The waste objectives - to recycle 65pc of municipal waste, 75pc of packaging waste and reduce landfill use to 10pc by 2030 - were toughened up by MEPs last week.
They want to see the recycling targets raised and the landfill limit lowered by five percentage points.
Ireland recycles and composts around 37pc of household waste, below the EU average of 44pc. The rest is mainly landfilled, while around 15pc is incinerated.
The MEPs, deputies in the Parliament's environment committee, are prepared to do battle with EU governments on the issue, which could be a harbinger of things to come.