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WRAP calls for best practice sharing across EU

WRAP has called for benchmarking and sharing of best practice in its contribution to the European Commission’s consultation on its revised circular economy (CE) package.

The charity’s position paper suggested the divergence in performance across member states could be addressed by more extensive data collection.

It said the Commission should compile data on products placed on the market, and sectors associated with key products and services, to identify the gross value added (GVA) per unit of primary raw material entering that system.

WRAP’s submission is one of 1,420 responses to the consultation, which closed on 20 August after 12 weeks. The completed questionnaires will contribute to the revised package, expected to be released this autumn.

A best practice system extracting more value from material resources could be identified by an increase in the ratio of GVA to the quantity of primary raw material, according to WRAP’s submission.

Liz Goodwin WRAP

Chief executive Liz Goodwin (left) said in the paper: “This approach would also allow benchmarking across EU member states, identifying economies which make the most effective use of resources.

“The Commission could also ask Eurostat to compile data on product service systems and their associated resource use across food, EEE and construction.”

Goodwin added that the methods the UK used to treble its municipal waste recycling rate from 2000 to 2010 could also be shared with other countries.

“The lessons we learned over that time could be very relevant to those states who are currently still landfilling a majority of their waste, and we would be happy to work with the Commission to share this best practice information.”

The paper also called for Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) to be broadened beyond recovery at end of life to focus on supporting other aspects of the CE, such as a reduction in consumer food waste, establishing targets for recycled content and a relative increase in minimum lifetime specifications.

It suggested developing an accurate measurement of food waste arisings, both in total and by sector, to provide a baseline for prevention actions across all sectors of society, including government, business and consumers.

WRAP also called for the use of research and development funding mechanisms to find out what drives people to engage in resource-efficient business models and to encourage the public sector to procure services rather than products.

Another online consultation specifically focused on waste markets, also feeding into the revised CE proposals, will run until 4 September.

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

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