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ESA calls for bolder EU approach on green procurement

A paper on global recycling markets from the new Czech presidency of the European Union has been criticised as too timid about green public procurement opportunities. The paper entitled The fall in demand for recycled materials - Information from the Presidency will be discussed next week at the EU Environment Council meeting in Brussels.

Environmental Services Association chief executive Dirk Hazell welcomed the Presidencys paper (reference 6918/09) highlighting the importance of robust recycling markets but added: It is much too timid on green public procurement.

The public sector accounts for nearly half of GDP: green public sector procurement is not, as asserted in the paper, a possible long-term solution to boosting demand for recycling materials but is the most obvious and rapid route to permanently increasing local demand for recycled materials, he said.

We welcome the proposal to accelerate work, provided this is transparent, on the end-of-waste criteria in the new Waste Framework Directive in view of the obvious scope to provide a single European market in more recycled materials.

The British Government could also provide a helpful stimulus to investment in new British recycling infrastructure to replace landfill by giving a clear signal on its long term intentions for the level of the Landfill Tax in its forthcoming Budget.

The paper can be viewed at http://register.consilium.europa.eu/pdf/en/09/st06/st06918.en09.pdf

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