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Circular economy consultation launched

The European Commission has launched an online public consultation on the revised circular economy (CE) proposals.

The consultation is open to citizens, public authorities, businesses and all other interested governmental and non-governmental parties.

As reported by MRW, it is set to run until 20 August.

Stakeholders’ input will feed into preparation of the revised CE package, expected to be released in the autumn.

Commission first vice-president Frans Timmermans said: “Today we are asking people across Europe for their input on how to design our policies in a way that stimulates a competitive green economy in Europe and protects the environment for future generations.

“There is no alternative to using our resources more intelligently, designing our products with a view to their reuse and recycling, and setting ambitious targets for waste reduction and recycling.”

The UK’s Environmental Services Association (ESA) has responded to the consultation launch, which includes a questionnaire for the public to complete.

Roy Hathaway

ESA’s Europe policy adviser, Roy Hathaway said: “The questionnaire certainly covers the key elements likely to feature in that package – production, consumption, the markets for secondary raw materials, key industry sectors, and circular economy enablers such as innovation and investment - but it gives very little indication of what measures the Commission itself is likely to favour.

“Nevertheless the consultation provides an important opportunity for the waste and resource management sector to press for the measures it needs to invest in a more circular European economy, in particular a stable long term policy framework and sustainable markets for secondary raw materials.”

A stakeholder meeting will take place in Brussels on 25 June regarding the revised package, as announced by environment minister Karmenu Vella earlier this year.

Last week, Aurore Maillet, a member of Vella’s cabinet, said the new package would be in two parts with the first focusing on waste and recycling targets and the second an “action plan” for other parts of the circular economy.

The revised proposals are expected to include recycling targets tailored to each member state.

The original package was dropped last December, and included recycling targets of 70% for municipal waste and 80% for packaging by 2030.

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