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In an interview with Mr. Jean-Marc Boursier, president of FEAD, and Group Senior Executive VP in charge of Finance and Northern Europe Recycling & Recovery activities at SUEZ, FEAD explores how he thinks recycling targets can be achieved:

Q: Are the recycling targets in the Waste Framework Directive and the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive too ambitious?

JMB: Of course, they are ambitious as their success depends on many external factors. We hear the word recycling a lot, but I would like to emphasise that “recycling” is not something that exists because we say it does. Recycling exists because there is a market that collects material to be recycled and further reincorporated into new products: the private waste management market... (read more)

 

FEAD Issues Position Paper on Ecodesign

 The term “circular economy” has been on everybody’s lips for quite a while now, and while we have a thorough understanding of its meaning; how do we ensure that the transition towards this economic model is a successful one? One of the key factors lies in “ecodesign”. Indeed, a staggering 80 percent of the environmental impact of products is determined at their design stage, and design choices “directly impact the complexity and economics of after-use processes”. In order to fulfil ecodesign criteria, durability, reparability and recyclability requirements need to be established and relations between the manufacturing and the waste and resource industry must be facilitated and intensified.

Given the increasing complexity of consumer goods, FEAD identifies an urgent need to link the impact of ecodesign choices to the complexity and cost-efficiency of their end-of-life treatment. For instance, if technical and economic considerations are taken into account, not all plastic waste is fully recyclable. Having that in mind, there is still an abundance of plastic which is difficult to recycle (e.g. mixed polymers, contaminated plastics, and black plastics). Plastic waste is not a homogeneous material and the possibility to reuse, recycle and recover depends heavily on its composition.

Ecodesign strategies are needed to ensure better coherence between the manufacturing and waste management processes to prevent waste where possible and to increase the quantity and quality of recyclates.

 To ensure the fruition of ecodesign and therefore, of the circular economy; FEAD has issued a positon paper highlighting seven key points for success.

To find out more, click here.

Following decision OEWG-11/12 of the open-ended Working Group on the review of the Annexes of the Basel Convention, FEAD shared their comments in view of preparing the recommendations for the revision of Annex IV and Annex IX (B1110) for consideration by the Conference of the Parties during their 14th meeting.

We elaborated a guiding principle for both disposal and recovery codes:

1) As a general statement:

• So far, the current operation codes fit the needs of the waste management operators. Therefore, FEAD recommends choosing a status quo for most of the operation codes.

• FEAD recognises that it is better to keep a general description of each code and to improve the interpretation of the codes with the creation of a guidance document.

2) However, FEAD recognises:

• that certain codes need clarification, and some improvement could bring added value. Nevertheless, a list of techniques should never be considered as exhaustive.

• the need for a “catch-all code” in each respective category: disposal, and recovery codes, as the definition of waste is related to the identification of the operation.

To find out more and for our comments, you may consult them here.

Are you interested in working in the heart of Brussels and being involved in the frontline policy action of the trade association representing the private waste management industry? Then look no further! FEAD is looking for Environment/Waste-related Issues Policy Trainee to start in May 2019. The internship is remunerated and would be for a period of 6 months! Interested? Read all about it here and send us your application to recruitment@fead.be by March 29!

WFD ECHA Database and the Feasibility Study on the Use of Comprehensive Tools to Manage Information Flows from Product Supply Chains to Waste

In the context of its work on the chemicals-products-waste interface, the EU Commission launched a feasibility study on the use of tools to manage information flows along product supply chains and in the waste sector. ECHA should play a major role in ensuring traceability along the waste management chain and in guaranteeing the production of high quality secondary raw materials, both of which are major goals for FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services. Creating certainty and reliability is key in reintroducing a greater quantity of safe recycled materials into the manufacturing cycle. Our position paper explains the key issues the waste management industry is facing in regards to the WFD ECHA database and what we need. To find out more, click here.