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EU recyclers tell Juncker to hurry up over circular economy

An open letter signed by the Resource Association, along with 14 other EU recycling membership organisations, has urged European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker to publish new proposals on waste and recycling “within a short timeframe”.

A package of circular economy policies, including a 70% EU-wide municipal recycling rate by 2030, was shelved last year.

Although environment commissioner Karmenu Vella recently assured that new waste targets and circular economy policies would be put forward by the end of the year, the open letter reveals a level of concern remains about the uncertain policy direction.

The letter said: “Waste legislation is a critical cog in the wheel of a circular economy, and the current legislative deadline for its revision provides a golden opportunity to bring in the clarification and harmonisation which has been lacking.

“… If there is too much delay in the re-tabling of a revised waste legislative package and direction towards a circular economy, this will send the wrong signals to member states, both undermining existing and recent investments as well as stalling plans.

“We underline the importance of the publication of a new proposal within a short timeframe, to enable our European economy to rebound through the creation of a circular economy.”

Signatories:

Vanya Veras, secretary general, Municipal Waste Europe

Guy Thiran, director general, Eurometaux

Valeria Ronzitti, secretary general, CEEP

Emmanuel Katrakis, secretary general, EURIC

Atigone Dalamanga, president, RReuse

Anna Lisa Boni, secretary general, Eurocities

Jeremy Wates, secretary general, EEB

Ray Georgeson, managing director, Resource Association

Josep Maria Tost, president, ACR+

Ella Stengler, secretary general, CEWEP

Marco Mensink, secretary general, CEPI

Gerd Götz, director general, EAA

Nadine De Greef, secretary general, FEAD

Ton Emans, president, Plastics Recyclers Europe

Alexandre Dangis, managing director, EuPC

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