Defra provides an update to REA and other stakeholders on the Circular Economy Package

A stakeholder meeting held on the 6th July provided a room of over 30 attendees including key trade associations, Consultants, local authorities an update on the CEP.

The European Parliament adopted their amendments to the proposals made in March of this year and they secured a huge majority of over 600 votes to progress with the ambitious proposals and measures put forward. Estonia has taken over the Presidency from Malta for the next six months  (July-December) and is keen to ensure that there is a conclusion reached from the current trilogue discussions.

Municipal Waste:
There is some disagreement between the European Council and the European Parliament, with the latter seeking a 70% recycling target for municipal waste by 2030 including a 5% target for preparation for re-use. The Council, on the other hand, believe that a 60% target is more realistic within the same time frame.

The European Council believe that in respect to the calculation method to determine what is classified as recycling, this should be the weight of waste entering the recycling process AFTER checking and sorting whereas the Parliament exclude this last proviso regarding checking and sorting. The REA does not support this position as it will not discourage local authorities to exclude non-target materials such as plastic within the biowaste stream.

There are also differences of opinion between the Council and the Parliament in respect to Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), the Packaging Directive and the Landfill Directive. The Council believe that by 2030 member states should have taken the necessary steps to ensure that the amount of municipal waste landfilled is reduced to 10% of the total amount generated. The Parliament think this number can be reduced to a more ambitious 5% target by the same time.

Sector-wide modelling has been carried out by Defra to evaluate the impact of achieving a range of targets between now and 2030. They believe that realistically a 55% recycling rate is possible, on condition that a number of supporting policy measures are adopted and this may include separate food waste collections and specific targets for local authorities.

In respect to landfill targets, Defra modelling shows that a 10% target by 2030 should be achievable and would not generate undue pressures on new residual waste treatment capacity. 

For a full copy of the slides presented, please click HERE

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Date posted:11/07/17

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