The Campaign for Real Recycling (CRR) has delivered a mixed response to the European Parliament Environment Committees (EC) support for EU-wide recycling targets (mrw, April 18 2008).
Campaign coordinator Andy Moore said: We applaud the recycling targets set by MEPs and are particularly pleased that the framework includes separate collections for different materials. This is the way to guarantee quality and maximise material recovery at the same time. It also makes good commercial sense at a time of improving markets and sends the right signals to investors who want to know that clean feedstock will be forthcoming.
However, the CRR was disappointed by the vote by the EC which will class some incineration as recovery rather than disposal.
Moore added: This is also a quality issue. Hierarchy proposals not withstanding, a legitimising of incineration as recovery could mean poorer sorting standards and the premature writing off of chunks of valuable material as residue worth only its calories. It does not make much sense in carbon terms: incineration with energy recovery only recovers a fraction of the embodied energy of the materials.