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Thursday, September 13, 2018 – Following the European Parliament’s plenary session on September 13, FEAD, the European Federation representing the European waste management industry, welcomes the positive vote on the draft own-initiative report on a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy by rapporteur MEP Mark Demesmaeker.

Mid-October, MEPs will vote on the European Parliament’s draft report issued on 9th July, which recommends making it mandatory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025 (report of ENVI Committee Rapporteur, MEP Frédérique RIES, aims to amend the proposal for a Directive [...] on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment).

FEAD hopes that the positive vote of September 13 on the principle of recycled content will result in an equally favourable vote in October when the time comes for MEPs to decide if they want mandatory recycled content in plastic bottles to be part of their legacy. This is the European Parliament’s last opportunity to act before the end of their mandate: if not now, the EU will lose at least 3 years!

Read our full press release here.

Inclusion of Minimum Recycled Content in the SUP Directive Gathers Support

FEAD & EuRIC fully support the European Parliament’s draft report issued on 9th July, to make it mandatory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025. The report of ENVI Committee Rapporteur, MEP Frédérique RIES, aims to amend the proposal for a Directive [...] on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (“Single Use Plastics” Directive).

This proposal, as acknowledged in the draft report, will encourage the creation of a steady market for recyclates, and will ensure a more circular use of plastics. It is a key measure in shifting away from the ever increasing production of single-use use plastic bottles, while recyclable ones do not follow the same trend. Collecting up to 90% plastic bottles in 2025, as proposed in the Directive, is a welcomed first step but will not be enough to steer the plastic markets towards less single-use bottles.

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In light of the ENVI Committee’s upcoming vote on the Plastics Strategy on July 10, FEAD, the EU private waste and resource management industry, welcomes MEP Mark Demesmaeker’s draft own-initiative report. However, FEAD would like to highlight crucial points that need to be touched upon in order for the Plastics Strategy to be fully effective.

A strong demand for recycled plastics will only result from concrete binding actions accompanied by economic measures to bridge the price gap detrimental to plastics from recyclates. FEAD members welcome the amendments calling for mandatory rules on recycled content which will stimulate the demand for secondary materials and therefore help drive the necessary investment in collection, sorting and recycling. From this perspective, FEAD supports the idea of a reduced VAT for products with recycled content, which will allow recycled plastics to compete with virgin polymers. You may find our full press release here.

In light of the upcoming votes on the Plastics Strategy and the Single-Use Plastics Products and the implementation of the Circular Economy Package, a coalition of 34 organisations and companies call for EU action on recycled content mandates for plastics to close the Circular Economy loop.

Up to € 10 billion worth of investments will be needed to innovate and expand the separate collection, sorting and recycling capacity at EU level. Our industry is prepared to make the necessary investments if there are legislative measures ensuring a significant uptake of plastic recyclates; which is becoming even more necessary by the minute in view of the Chinese ban on imports of certain waste streams.

A strong demand for recycled plastics will only result from concrete binding actions accompanied by economic measures to bridge the price gap detrimental to plastics from recyclates.

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FEAD and EuRIC welcomes the publication of the Commission’s proposal related to single-use plastics, aimed at reducing their impact on the environment.

EuRIC and FEAD members deeply regret that the text wrongly sees Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR)2 schemes as one of the main instruments to tackle issues stemming from single use plastics and failed to embed a commitment towards legally binding proposals on recycled content in selected products.

Therefore, we urge the EU co-legislator to make sure that the finally adopted Directive foresees a proposal on binding recycled content at first for plastic bottles with regards to the targets already set in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

You can find our full joint position paper here.