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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.

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.

FEAD issues Joint statement on the European Commission’s legislative proposal for a regulation establishing a framework to facilitate sustainable investment

The undersigning associations noticed with great concern that the Commission’s proposal for a regulation establishing a framework to facilitate sustainable investment (also known as “taxonomy”), lists activities like “avoiding incineration and disposal of waste” as sustainable (Art. 9.1.i), while activities that “[lead] to a significant increase in the generation, incineration or disposal of waste” (Art. 12.d) are considered as harming environmental objectives.

For waste that contains substances of concern and therefore cannot be recycled in an environmentally sound way, incineration is the only sustainable option. It destroys these substances, and avoids that pollutants are spread into the environment.

Sustainable investment should follow the integrated approach and respect the waste hierarchy. As indicated in Article 4 of the Waste Framework Directive, life-cycle thinking should be taken into consideration when applying the waste hierarchy, in order to choose the most environmentally sustainable waste management option.

We need an integrated waste management approach with an appropriate and sustainable interaction of quality recycling, efficient energy recovery and environmentally sound disposal of waste that cannot be recovered. In order to achieve high recycling rates with low landfill rates, the whole waste management system from communication and collection to treatment of the residual fraction must be carefully designed and executed. Only with such a holistic process, can effective waste management which prevents environmental degradation, protects human health and generates recovered raw materials and energy to feed a circular economy.

Read more about our proposed amendment and reasoning here.

FEAD has been closley following the European Parliament’s REGI Committee's work on the EC proposal on the European Regional Development Fund and on the Cohesion Fund 2021-2027. In view of the plenary vote planned for 26 March 2019, FEAD has provided the REGI Committee with a key recommendation regarding article 6, paragraph 1, point g, related to investment in facilities for the treatment of residual waste, as the allocation of EU structural funds can play an important role by investing in the collection of waste and treatment infrastructures that will enable a shift towards options higher up in the waste hierarchy, taking into account the different situations and needs across the European Union. Our position paper explains the key concepts behind waste management and the reasoning behind our recommendation. Read all about it here.

The private waste management sector, represented by FEAD, the European Federation for Waste Management and Environmental Services, rejoices as the final trilogue on the Single-Use Plastic Directive yields a positive vote for a 30 % mandatory recycled content in all beverage bottles by 2030, with an intermediary target by 25% in 2025 for PET bottles. This percentage will be calculated as an average for each member state.

This is an essential component to ensure the success of the 90% collection target, to be achieved in 2029, as well as a huge step forward for stimulating the demand for secondary materials, and for driving the necessary investment in collection, sorting and recycling.

The private waste management industry has been in strong support of such a proposal to be given the green light. We will now start to plan the necessary investments that are needed in our sector to innovate and expand the separate collection, develop sorting and recycling capacity across Europe. We are ready to deliver the quality and quantity, and play our role in transforming the vision of a new plastics economy into reality.

FEAD’s president, Jean-Marc Boursier said:

“This crucial signal to the market will trigger investments in sorting and recycling facilities. A demand shock in the EU is truly needed to boost recycling and make Circular Economy a reality. This new Directive will show how a real demand policy will dramatically raise the uptake for recycled plastics in beverage bottles, by gathering all market actors along the production and waste value chain”.

Read our full press release here.