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Dynamic Potential of a

Circular Economy

This year, the FEAD Conference will take place in London on 22-23 June. FEAD is hosting the event in conjunction with our UK member association, ESA (Environmental Services Association).

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In the second of a series of Opinion pieces on the Circular Economy, David Palmer-Jones, President of the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD), and CEO of SUEZ UK, explains why private sector investment is the key to making progress towards a more circular economy in Europe and closing the gap in performance between Member States.

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David Palmer-Jones, President of FEAD, explains why the European Commission's revised Circular Economy package must contain credible and effective measures to boost demand for secondary raw materials.

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FEAD together with other representatives from industry, NGOs, municipalities and public service providers co-signed an open letter to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker regarding the withdrawal and renewed discussion of the circular economy package.

FEAD was invited to speak at the hearing on the Circular Economy Package organised by the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee on 22 January 2015. In his speech, FEAD’s Vice-President Peter Kurth called upon the Parliament to keep putting pressure on the European Commission to retain the Circular Economy package in its Work Programme for 2015.

FEAD Press Release

7 October 2014, Palais des Académies, Brussels

FEAD President Mr David Palmer-Jones set out FEAD's vision of the policies needed to allow the industry to play its full part in achieving a more sustainable and prosperous European economy. 

The event gathered representatives from the European institutions, the waste and resources management industry and several other stakeholders.


The annual BDE Conference will take place on 11 June 2015 in Berlin. The language of the conference will be German.


FEAD is the European Federation representing the European waste management industry. FEAD’s members are national waste management associations covering 18 EU Member States, Serbia and Norway. They have an approximate 60% share in the household waste market and handle more than 75% of industrial and commercial waste in Europe. Their combined annual turnover is approximately € 75 billion.


FEAD represents about 3000 companies with activities in all forms of waste management. These companies employ over 320000 people who operate around 2400 recycling and sorting centres, 1100 composting sites, 260 waste-to-energy plants and 900 controlled landfills. They play an important role in the determination of the best environmental option for waste management problems.



For more information on FEAD, please view our brochure.


FEAD Strategy 2014-2020 Brochure


FEAD brochure on The Vital Role of the Private Sector in European Waste and Resource Management, 2014.


FEAD brochure on Public Private Partnership Case Examples 2012.

Please see also our special brochure on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of FEAD.


FEAD Memorandum 2009-2014


In 2011, the Brussels Declaration was presented. It sets the four strategic objectives of FEAD for the upcoming years. To view the Brussels Declaration, click one of the icons below.