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Following the first trilogue on Single Use Plastics Directive, FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services co-signed with 23 industry organisations and environmental NGOs, a joint statement to urge the Council to support the binding target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025.

This target voted by the European Parliament on 24 October is instrumental in the achievement of the objectives of the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive and in igniting the much supported transition towards a more circular economy. It would be a historical step, correcting a much overdue market failure to not value recycled material more while unlocking much needed investment in collection and recycling.

Setting a mandatory recycled plastic target for beverage bottles, where food safety considerations are fully complied with, will immediately have positive knock-on effects on improving and increasing the collection rate of these SUP and is hence vital in achieving the 90% collection target set by the Proposal.

Read our Joint Statement to find out more here.

The Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) is an important piece of legislation at EU level to ensure safe shipments of waste, traceability and to guarantee an appropriate treatment of waste at its final destination. Therefore, FEAD has actively followed the evaluation of the current Waste Shipment Regulation by answering the public consultations, sending a position paper and participating in both workshops.

Although FEAD members understand that this procedure of evaluation is part of a standardised European review for a better regulation, we nevertheless regret that the assessment of the WSR has not placed a greater emphasis on identifying solutions at this stage and ensuring that the WSR is not just preferable to national legislation, but as effective as possible at achieving its intended aims, including facilitating the recovery of secondary raw materials.

That’s why, we stress again that the shortcomings we have identified are not due to the WSR itself, but to inconsistencies or problem of interpretation with other related pieces of the legislation (i.e differences of interpretation between waste/non-waste, hazardous/non-hazardous waste and recovery/disposal) or with differences of enforcement within the EU Member States. However, we do believe that part of the solution to this lies in amending legislation.

You may find our letter sent to the European Commission here.

FEAD's additional comments on the EC public consultation

FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, welcomes the publication of the EC Public Consultation on the Interface between chemicals, product and waste legislation. The waste management industry is fully committed to ensure a transition towards a circular economy. However, this cannot happen without setting coherent policies and adequate economic instruments. In order to improve the protection of human health and the environment from the risks that can be posed by chemicals, the Commission needs to strike the right balance between recycling/ recovery policy as proposed by the Circular Economy Package and the aims of chemicals/ products legislation. FEAD would like to provide additional arguments to the issues highlighted in the public consultation in order to explain our choices and/or to complement the options. Please click here for our positon paper.

FEAD's Position on EC proposal on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund 2021-2027

FEAD welcomes the proposal for a regulation on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund. The allocation of EU structural funds can play an important role by investing in collection of waste and treatment infrastructures that will enable to shift towards options higher up in the waste hierarchy, taking into account the different situations and needs across the European Union.

Cohesion funds are important instruments to help Member States to meet European waste management rules and targets by investing in the adequate infrastructures that will drive towards a circular economy and reduce the negative effects of waste management on the environment.

Therefore, FEAD fully supports the amendments 34 and 35 of the REGI Committee’s draft report issued on 21st September 2018, by Rapporteur Andrea Cozzolino, which amends the article 6 entitled “Exclusion from the scope of the ERDF and the Cohesion Fund” of the Commission proposal.

You may find our full position paper here.

The European Parliament has approved the report which would make it mandatory to produce beverage containers composed of at least 35% recycled plastic by 2025.

FEAD, the representatives of the private waste management sector, fully embraces this positive vote and hopes that recycled content will be met with an equally favorable outcome at the end of the year, during the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Parliament.

FEAD’s president, Jean-Marc Boursier said:

“We welcome today’s vote. It is an important first step in the upcoming negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. I am confident that EU negotiators will succeed in deciding by December 2018 on a level of mandatory recycled content, to be transposed into EU law by 2025, which will trigger the uptake of plastic recyclates in beverage bottles. By doing so, the EU will finally experience a circular shift that is long overdue.”

Please click here to find out more in our press release.