The European Commission has announced that its recently closed circular economy (CE) consultation attracted 1,420 responses.
The completed questionnaires will contribute to the Commission’s revised CE package, expected to be released this autumn.
The consultation, open to citizens, public authorities, businesses and all other interested governmental and non-governmental parties, ran for 12 weeks before closing on 20 August.
In a post on social media, the Commission’s environment committee thanked the large number of contributors for participation
“We are one step closer to make Europe a front runner on the circular economy, and to ensure its social, economic and environmental sustainability.”
The committee said it would present analyses of the contributions in “a few weeks’ time”.
One of the last contributors ahead of the deadline was the Environmental Services Association (ESA), which called for measures to increase demand for recyclates.
ESA executive director Jacob Hayler (left) said: “We have asked the Commission to put more emphasis on the demand side for recycled materials by proposing minimum recycled content requirements for selected products, minimum green public procurement requirements at EU level, eco-labelling rules to incorporate indications of recycled content and recyclability and lower or zero rate of VAT on second-hand goods and products with recycled content.”
The ESA also called for proper enforcement of legislation and tougher action against waste crime as well as harmonised definitions and methods of calculating waste statistics.
Another online consultation specifically focused on waste markets, also feeding into the revised CE proposals, will run until 4 September.
The original package, dropped last December, included recycling targets of 70% for municipal waste and 80% for packaging by 2030.