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Industry calls on EU to hasten eco-design action

The waste management industry has called on the European Commission to speed up action on implementation of eco-design proposals.

In the Commission’s circular economy (CE) package, released at the start of December, it said it aimed to publish the eco-design directive work plan for 2015-17 later that month.

But that has yet to come to fruition and, as the plan is set to be discussed by commissioners on 20 April, the industry has called for a new publication date.

FEAD, which represents national waste management associations at EU level, is concerned by the lack of action so far and has called for awareness of the policy to be raised.

Secretary general Nadine De Greef (pictured) said: “It is important to us that durability, reparability and recyclability requirements are established in the coming work plan, and that relations between the manufacturing and the waste and resource industry are facilitated and intensified.

“We also wish to highlight the determinant role played by extended producer responsibility schemes in providing incentives for manufacturers to design their products in a recyclable and non-hazardous way.

“FEAD members are playing an active part in the promotion of the CE, and hope the new work plan will become a decisive tool for the current package.”

The organisation has repeatedly called for more measures in the CE proposals to increase demand for recycled materials such as minimum recycled content for selected products.

Discussions on the waste proposals in the European Parliament have “got off to a good start”, according to a Brussels official.

The Commission’s environment lead Karmenu Vella said an eco-design work plan was being prepared but he did not specify a date for publication.

Vella told the Parliament’s environment committee that a draft report on the CE package was to be presented by rapporteur Simona Bonafè to the Parliament in May.

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