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EU adopts circular economy package

December 21, 2015

eu_flag_pont_mont_blancMore details have been revealed about the package, though as previously reported it is expected to take two years to implement.

Previously, the EC reported it would be axing its plans, before reconsidering and revealing it would increase funding, launching a public consultation, to which both UKCRA and ETIRA contributed their views from remanufacturers. However, reports suggested it would dilute any circular economy package, and doubted their potential.

However, the new package was launched earlier in December, with a packaging waste recycling target of 75 percent for member states by 2030, and received a funding boost of around €24 billion ($26.3 billion) from the EU soon after. However, Deputy Head of the European Commission’s Waste Unit, Julius Langendorff, stated that “stresses and strains” behind the deal could mean implementing it “will take more than” a year.

National Law Review added more detail to the original information from the European Commission, including new incentives for manufacturers to produce greener products, support recovery and recycling schemes for electronic equipment, and promote material re-use. Member states will now need to recycle 75 percent of packaging waste and 65 percent of municipal waste by 2030, with a “single market” created for “the reuse of materials and resources”.

In turn, the initiatives will “impose on companies manufacturing or marketing goods in Europe additional eco-design, waste take-back, and other producer responsibility requirements”, with National Law Review adding that “some initiatives may also encourage the development of second-hand and other alternative markets”, which could be seen to include cartridge remanufacturing.

The site also believes there will be “legislative proposals to amend” the WEEE Directive, as well as Green Public Procurement and the voluntary EU ecolabel, with work to also take place on adopting an eco-design working plan in the next two years. Concluding that the EU is “expected to adopt resolutions on the commission’s communication” on the circular economy, the site added that all of the amendments are “likely to take at least 18 months” to push through into law.

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