European Union ministers on October 20 confirmed the adoption of legislation that will see EU member states obliged to recycle at least half of their household and general waste by 2020, according to International Environmental Daily. California of course adopted AB 939 in 1989 to cut in half California's waste by 2000--something largely accomplished. Perhaps the Europeans wanted to wait 20 years to see if it would work... The less-than-pioneering EU legislation also adopts a hierarchy of waste management favoring reuse, etc. etc... Done that too.