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EU consults on certification scheme for waste export

The European Commission has opened a consultation on introducing a certification scheme for recycling facilities that handle waste export.

The scheme would help to demonstrate that waste exported from the EU to non-OECD countries is treated in an environmentally sound manner.

Respondents are asked whether they would prefer an EU certification scheme to be voluntary, mandatory, mandatory with third party verification, or no scheme at all.

The scheme would apply to EU dealers exporting waste for treatment at recycling facilities in non-EU countries. However, a voluntary scheme could be open to organisations located outside the EU.

The consultation is supported by a study prepared for the EU Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry.

The research assessed the advantages and disadvantages of the four options submitted for consultation. It concluded the most appropriate option would be a mandatory certification scheme with third-party verification.

The consultation is open until 17 March 2014 and can be found here.

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