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EU waste management industry delivers policy list to Vella

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) has issued a series of demands to environment commissioner Karmenu Vella over his circular economy package.

Vella has promised to re-launch a package of policies, including an EU-wide recycling rate target, by the end of the year.

FEAD met Vella on 17 March to outline a series of policies the organisation wants to see, including binding recycling targets, harmonised across all EU member states.

It said the Commission should do more on commercial and industrial waste, starting with gathering more data.

It added: “The scope of the term ‘municipal waste’ should not be broadened to include commercial and industrial waste which is not similar in nature, composition and quantity to household waste.”

Other proposals include minimum recycled content requirement and the introduction of eco-design measures to improve material resource efficiency for selected products such as electronics.

FEAD also called for minimum green public procurement requirements at EU level, to harness around €2tr of spending power for more resource-efficient goods.

“Progress towards a more circular economy involves improvements in the way products are designed and used, and consequent benefits throughout the supply chain. This should be one of the EU’s key priorities to drive competitiveness and growth,” it said.

David Palmer-Jones, FEAD president and chief executive of Suez Recycling & Waste Recovery UK division, pictured above, said the meeting was “positive”.

FEAD was a signatory to a letter sent recently to European Commission president Jean Claude Juncker urging him to publish new proposals on waste and recycling “within a short timeframe”.

Sita UK recently rebranded as Suez Environnement.

 

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