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EC gets to grips with textiles

Representatives of the European textiles recovery industry met with the European Commission (EC) last week, in a bid to head off severe problems facing the sector.
Headed by the Bureau of International Recycling textiles division president Frithjof Schepke, the industry delegation asked for assurance that EC law would not financially overburden the sector.
Top of the discussion list was the definition of "waste".
Many within the industry were concerned that the growing disposal costs of textile residues and low-grade material could no longer be covered by the income from higher quality material.
Although the EC did not promise a specific directive on "Textile Waste", EC head of Production, Consumption and Waste Marianne Klingbeil confirmed that work on the "waste" definition had advanced considerably.

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