PlasticsEurope, the EU wide association for the plastics industry, has reacted to the European Parliament’s vote on Tuesday, March 14th 2017, to increase the level of household waste sent to recycling to 70 per cent, and cut the amount destined for landfill to 5 per cent by 2030, up from initial proposals of 65 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.
PlasticsEurope announced it welcomed MEPs’ support for the Circular Economy directives given to the separate collection of all packaging, and the reduction of landfilling of municipal waste. It also shared the Parliament’s view on the crucial role which these legislative measures will have on stimulating investments in new and existing waste management solutions.
Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope, said: “Sorting and recycling are more attractive when all packaging is collected separately from residual household waste since this guarantees the supply of feedstock to support new investments.
“This measure is one step to close the gap and will also help prevent the risk of leakage into the environment. It will support the creation of jobs in Europe and secure a robust European recycling value chain.”
MEPs also acknowledged the importance of reducing landfilling of municipal waste to a minimum by 2030 and a progressive phasing out of landfilling of recyclable and recoverable waste as a fundamental condition to support the Union's transition towards a circular economy. “The European plastics industry has been calling for a legally binding landfill restriction on all recyclable as well as other recoverable post-consumer waste by 2025. As an industry, we see it as a priority for Europe as such waste should be treated as a resource," Foerster added.
PlasticsEurope considers the new 60 per cent plastic packaging recycling target that the Parliament has adopted for 2025, together with a stricter calculation methodology as an extremely ambitious objective. “Taking into account today’s recycling technology, we already consider that the 55 per cent plastics packaging preparing for re-use and recycling target proposed by the Commission is challenging. We would therefore like to call on the Presidency of the Council to carefully assess the impact prior to adopting any substantive amendment to the rules on the calculation initially proposed by the Commission” Foerster concluded.