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ESA calls on Commission to boost circular economy

The Environmental Services Association (ESA) has called on the European Commission (EC) to do more to encourage demand for recycled materials.

The ESA said it welcomed EC proposals following a consultation exploring resource efficiency indicators. The indicators are designed to measure the progress of EU member states in areas such as energy generation, household recycling and waste to landfill.

However, the EC should go further, the ESA said.

“ESA believes that the measures considered by the Commission don’t take sufficient account of the important role of recycled materials in creating a circular economy,” said Jacob Hayler, ESA’s economist.

The waste and recycling trade body believes the indicators could be used to incentivise the use of recyclate over virgin materials.

Hayler, told MRW: “The headline indicator (in the consultation) is the quantity of resource used in the EU as a whole. We think this headline indicator should focus on how much recyclate is used for primary resource.

“These indicators will be targets in the future, according to the EC, so it is when the indicator is made a target then it will incentivise the use of recyclate.”

The resource efficiency targets could be set by the EC next year.

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