Single-use plastics proposal: a missed opportunity to ensure the uptake of recycled plastics?

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

Our industry sees it as another step towards a more circular economy. The private waste and resources management industry plays a key role in making this progress by collecting, sorting, preparing waste and, finally, providing high quality recycled materials and green energy for Europe’s manufacturers and consumers. But an even stronger leadership from EU policy makers is needed to provide the right legal framework and market signals.

We urge the EU decision makers to make sure that the finally adopted Directive foresees that the Commission will come up with a proposal on binding recycled content for selected products by 2025.

For more information, please find the press release.

FEAD: Open markets for waste for recovery is a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy

On 15 May 2018, FEAD President Jean-Marc Boursier, and Anne Baum-Rudischhauser, Managing Director of BDE Brussels, FEAD German member association, welcomed participants to a FEAD’s event in Munich. Representatives from the EU institutions, national governments, NGOs and the European waste and resource management industry attended the event which took place in the context of the IFAT Fair 2018.

Jean-Marc Boursier: “The theme of the day is debated at a very opportune moment: the Circular Economy Package has been adopted launching the beginning of hard work for the European Commission (EC) and Member States to ensure that the set targets are reached. In parallel, the EC is carrying out an evaluation of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) which will pave the way to a potential revision of this Regulation in 2020. Furthermore, the recent measures introduced by China are a wake-up call for the European Union.”

For more information, please find the press release here.

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 organised an event on "Open Markets for waste to recovery: a prerequisite for the transition to a circular economy?" on 15 May 2018, in Munich ! FEAD participated to the IFAT Fair in Munich, Germany.


Jean-Marc Boursier, FEAD President, gave the opening speech. The speech can be found here.

The panel discussion gathered Peter Wessman from DG Environment at the European Commission, Dr Helge Wendenburg from the German Ministry for the Environment, Baudouin Ska from Go4Circle, Jacob Hayler from ESA , Clarissa Morawski from the Reloop Platform, and Bernard Kemper from Energy from Waste GmbH. Anne Baum-Rudischhauser,  BDE Brussels Managing Director, moderated the discussion.

The press release is available here

The programme of the event is available here.

The pictures of the event can be found here.

The report of the event can be downloaded here.

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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