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CEWEP urges EU action against landfill

The Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (CEWEP) has responded with alarm to proposals thought to be coming in the European Commission’s revised circular economy (CE) package.

Possible objectives for the package in a leaked EU document were exclusively revealed by MRW on 15 October. They included one that funding for energy recovery plants would be offered only in a “limited and well justified” number of cases.

CEWEP managing director Ella Stengler said the proposals also contained insufficient restrictions on landfill.

“The fundamental driver for all the activities in the waste hierarchy above landfilling is getting rid of the easiest and cheapest waste treatment method, which landfilling represents,” she said.

“If landfilling is not restricted, there will be no investments, no innovations, no markets, no closing of the loop and no circular economy.”

In a letter to European commissioners, CEWEP urged them to set ambitious binding targets to divert recyclable and recoverable waste from landfills.

“Diverting recyclable and recoverable waste from landfills is the first step towards a recycling and recovering society for a sustainable use of our resources,” it said.

“Setting ambitious recycling and recovering targets is the second step that can only be done after the first step (diverting waste from landfills).”

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