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Joint Statement on Cohesion Funds

FEAD co-signed with four other organsiations a Joint Statement on the European Commission’s legislative proposal on the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and on the Cohesion Fund 2021-2027.

The undersigning associations support an integrated waste management approach with an appropriate and sustainable interaction of source separation, reuse and recycling, energy recovery and environmentally sound disposal of waste that cannot be recovered. It is by applying this approach that the most virtuous countries (in terms of recycling) have achieved their results.
Cohesion funds are important instruments to help Member States that still have low recycling rates and depend heavily on landfills, to create a sustainable waste management system using adequate investment to set up an effective separation collection scheme paired with the appropriate infrastructure needed to treat each stream. This includes sorting, preparation for reuse, recycling, biowaste treatment and residual waste treatment infrastructure in line with the Waste Hierarchy.

Read more about our joint position here.

Joint Statement from the RecycledContent.EU Coalition

Following the first trilogue on Single Use Plastics Directive, FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services co-signed with 26 industry organisations and environmental NGOs, a joint statement to urge the Council to support the binding target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025.

This target voted by the European Parliament on 24 October is instrumental in the achievement of the objectives of the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive and in igniting the much supported transition towards a more circular economy. It would be a historical step, correcting a much overdue market failure to not value recycled material more while unlocking much needed investment in collection and recycling.

Setting a mandatory recycled plastic target for beverage bottles, where food safety considerations are fully complied with, will immediately have positive knock-on effects on improving and increasing the collection rate of these SUP and is hence vital in achieving the 90% collection target set by the Proposal.

Read our Joint Statement to find out more here.

FEAD Reacts to the Waste Shipment Regulation

The Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) is an important piece of legislation at EU level to ensure safe shipments of waste, traceability and to guarantee an appropriate treatment of waste at its final destination. Therefore, FEAD has actively followed the evaluation of the current Waste Shipment Regulation by answering the public consultations, sending a position paper and participating in both workshops.

Although FEAD members understand that this procedure of evaluation is part of a standardised European review for a better regulation, we nevertheless regret that the assessment of the WSR has not placed a greater emphasis on identifying solutions at this stage and ensuring that the WSR is not just preferable to national legislation, but as effective as possible at achieving its intended aims, including facilitating the recovery of secondary raw materials.

That’s why, we stress again that the shortcomings we have identified are not due to the WSR itself, but to inconsistencies or problem of interpretation with other related pieces of the legislation (i.e differences of interpretation between waste/non-waste, hazardous/non-hazardous waste and recovery/disposal) or with differences of enforcement within the EU Member States. However, we do believe that part of the solution to this lies in amending legislation.

You may find our letter sent to the European Commission here.

Other News

FEAD Press Release - April 2018

FEAD welcomes the EP draft own-initiative report on the Plastics Strategy

FEAD members welcome the publication of the draft own-initiative report on a European strategy for plastics in a circular economy by rapporteur MEP Mark Demesmaeker as a step forward for designing a new vision for plastics as part of the transition to a circular economy. In view of the foreseen consideration of the draft report this week in the ENVI committee, FEAD would like to draw the attention of the MEPs to crucial points for the private waste and resource management industry.

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.

Find more in our press release, available here

FEAD Press Release - April 2018

FEAD welcomes the progress made to pave the way for the transition to a circular economy

Following the adoption by the European Parliament of the final agreement on the Circular Economy Package, FEAD members welcome the progress made to pave the way for the transition to a circular economy.

The private waste and resource management industry welcomes the legally binding targets, as a necessary push towards better collection and sorting of waste.

For more information, please click here.

FEAD Press Release - November 2017

FEAD calls for EU-wide mandatory GPP criteria for plastic products

FEAD members welcome the non-legislative Public Procurement Package : “Increasing the impact of public investment through efficient and professional procurement” and support the Commission’s continued efforts to ensure that the public procurement rules are properly implemented across the internal market. FEAD believes that public procurement, and in particular GPP–green public procurement, is one of the tools that can contribute to the transition from a linear to a circular economy.

For more information, please click here

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FEAD, the European Federation for Waste Management and Environmental Services, represents the private waste and resource management industry across Europe. FEAD’s members are national waste management associations covering 19 Member States, Norway and Serbia.


FEAD’s members represent about 3,000 companies with activities in all forms of waste management. Our companies have an approximate 60% share in the household waste market and handle more than 75% of industrial and commercial waste in Europe. Their combined annual turnover is approximately € 75 billion. These companies employ over 320,000 people who operate around 2,400 recycling and sorting centres, 1,100 composting sites, 260 waste-to-energy plants and 900 controlled landfills.


They enable the transition to a circular economy by producing resources which can be re-injected in the economy and by supplying energy. Our companies add value through innovative and cost-efficient collection, sorting, and recycling of secondary raw materials. As a result, they play a crucial role in achieving the best economic and environmental outcomes.

 

 

For more information about FEAD, please view our brochure:

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Further publications:

FEAD Strategy for 2014-2020: "Driving the Circular Economy"

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The Vital Role of the Private Sector in European Waste and Resource Management (2014)

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Public Private Partnership Case Examples (2012)

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Special brochure published on the occasion of FEAD's 30th anniversary

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