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Open Markets for recovery: a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy?

FEAD organises an event on "Open Markets for recovery: a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy?" on 15 May 2018, 3-4:30pm, in Munich ! FEAD participates to the IFAT Fair in Munich, Germany. The event will take place in the "Forum", Hall B4, MESSE, Munich. Peter Wessman from DG Environment at the European Commission and Clarissa Morawksi from Reloop have already confirmed their participation.

Please contact us for registration and for more information. 

For more information on the IFAT Fair, please visit their website



FEAD event on Plastic Strategy - 27 February 2018, Brussels

The “Plastics Strategy: Challenges and opportunities of recycling” event, was held on 27 February, 16.00 – 19.00, in Brussels! This event was organised as a EURACTIV Forum event supported by FEAD.

Commissioner Vella participated to the event: his speech is available here. He was also interviewed by EURACTIV on the Plastics Strategy: the video is available here

FEAD Vice-President Cesare Spreafico highlighted the challenges and opportunities of recycling: his speech is available here

A video of the event, with interviews of the speakers and panellists, is available here. EURACTIV also published an article summarising the discussions of the event, available here.

The photos from the event can be found here

FEAD welcomes the newly proposed rules on VAT

Commission’s proposals on VAT is an excellent supportive measure to realise circular economy’s goals and benefits

FEAD members consider the VAT rates as a useful instrument to pursue EU’s political, economic and environmental objectives, therefore the private waste and resource management industry welcomes the newly proposed rules by the European Commission to give Member States more flexibility to set Value Added Tax (VAT).

Whereas the European Commission is continuing to explore several routes to boost the demand of recyclates, FEAD strongly believes that fiscal incentives to this regard should also be considered, such as lower or zero VAT rates on products with recycled content.

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European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy: setting the right framework conditions?

FEAD members welcome the publication of the Plastics Strategy as a step forward for designing a new vision for plastics as part of the transition to a circular economy.

FEAD members welcome the accelerated work on the interface aspects between chemicals, waste and product policies which will contribute to creating confidence in recycled plastics by manufacturers who need quality and supply certainty.

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Other News

FEAD Press Release - November 2017

FEAD calls for EU-wide mandatory GPP criteria for plastic products

FEAD members welcome the non-legislative Public Procurement Package : “Increasing the impact of public investment through efficient and professional procurement” and support the Commission’s continued efforts to ensure that the public procurement rules are properly implemented across the internal market. FEAD believes that public procurement, and in particular GPP–green public procurement, is one of the tools that can contribute to the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

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FEAD Press Release - October 2017

Opening the EU market to organic fertilisers: a step further in the right direction of a circular economy

On 24 October, the European Parliament adopted its final position on the CE marked fertilising products Regulation. FEAD welcomes the decision of the European Parliament to maintain the limit value for lead as proposed by the European Commission (120 mg/kg dry matter). Our members consider that the opening of the EU market to organic fertilisers is a further step in a transition to a circular economy.

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FEAD Press Release - October 2017

Ambitious push measures need to be accompanied by pull measures

In view of the upcoming trilogue meeting on the Circular Economy Package on 25 October, FEAD members call on the EU institutions to maintain the ambitious legally binding targets for recycling and landfill diversion, which are a central part of the revised package.  To balance the push with pull measures, the right framework conditions along with economic instruments need to be put in place. A stronger demand for recycled materials resulting in resilient markets needs to be created, in other words, the circle needs to be closed.

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 FEAD is the European federation representing the private waste and resource management industry across Europe. FEAD’s members are national waste management associations covering 19 Member States, Norway and Serbia. Our companies play a key role in the transition to a circular economy by producing resources which can be re-injected in the economy and by supplying energy. They add value through innovative and cost-efficient collection, sorting, and recycling of secondary raw materials.  In doing so, they play a key role in achieving the best economic and environmental outcomes.

FEAD members represent about 3,000 companies with activities in all forms of waste management. These companies employ over 320,000 people who operate around 2,400 recycling and sorting centres, 1,100 composting sites, 260 waste-to-energy plants and 900 controlled landfills. Our companies 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.


For more information about FEAD, please view our brochure:

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Further publications:

FEAD Strategy for 2014-2020: "Driving the Circular Economy"

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The Vital Role of the Private Sector in European Waste and Resource Management (2014)

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Public Private Partnership Case Examples (2012)

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Special brochure published on the occasion of FEAD's 30th anniversary

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