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Industries call on EU Commission to cut red tape

Europe’s recycling industries have called on the European Commission to reduce company’s administrative burdens in its revised circular economy (CE) package.

Two public consultations are currently running to feed into the Commission’s revised CE package, due to be released this autumn, with one specifically focused on waste markets.

The original package, dropped last December, included recycling targets of 70% for municipal waste and 80% for packaging by 2030.

Now the European Recycling Industries Confederation (Euric) has outlined its priorities including “higher and harmonised” goals.

This contrasts with suggestions from environment commissioner Karmenu Vella that targets in the new package would be tailored to each member state.

Better enforcement to tackle illegal activities and the banning of landfill of recyclables in accordance with the waste hierarchy, were also called for by the group.

It also said the Commission should call for product design to prioritise easing end-of-life recycling to bring materials back into the production chain.

The group said: “The circular economy is the only way for Europe to grow and deliver much needed jobs and investment while minimising environmental impacts.

“Recyclables and recycled materials need a competitive market to incentivise their use along the value chain. This is why Euric calls for a market-driven circular economy and is eager to work with policy makers to make it happen.”

In March, Euric secretary general Emmanuel Katrakis signed an open letter, along with other EU recycling membership organisations, urging Commission president Jean Claude Juncker to publish the new proposals “within a short timeframe”.

The online discussion for stakeholders and experts on waste management will run until 4 September. The Commission said it wants to obtain a better understanding of the nature and the extent of regulatory failures causing undue distortions to recycling and recovery markets.

A broader CE consultation opened on 28 May and will run until 20 August. The proposals are set for release in the autumn and are expected to include recycling targets tailored to each member state.

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