Europe waste management companies have called on the European environment commissioner Karmenu Vella not to drop a package of initiatives that include increased targets for recycling and landfill bans.
A package of initiatives on waste, originally proposed by former commissioner Janez Potocnik, is to be put under review, according to the European Commission’s (EC) 2015 work programme published on 7 November.
This has led to fears that key parts of the overall strategy to develop a circular economy will be shelved.
In response the European Federation of Waste Management Environmental Services (Fead), which represents around 3,000 companies and members of the Environmental Services Association (ESA), has written to Vella.
The letter was signed by Fead president David Palmer-Jones, who also chairs the ESA: “Fead’s members have welcomed the commission’s package of proposals designed to promote a more circular economy and improve the efficiency with which resources including waste are managed in Europe…
“Fead is aware that some of the detailed provisions in the commission proposal need to be fine-tuned so as to make them practical and feasible. However, rather than withdraw the circular economy package, Fead members strongly believe it should be retained, with certain modifications to improve its effectiveness.”
Eight members of the European Parliament have also written to Vella, EC president Jean-Claude Juncker and vice-president Frans Timmermans arguing the circular economy package was “crucial and cross-cutting importance”.
In September Vella told MEPs said he will be “fully engaged” in taking the resource efficiency agenda forward, but added he was keen not to increase the “regulatory burden” on businesses.