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Consultation on new Circular Economy packages closes

With the closure of the European Commission consultation on the new Circular Economy package this week, a stream of positions and responses have been published advocating on one hand more stringent and prescriptive resource efficiency targets.  RELOOP - a new lobby group representing public, private sctor and NGOs is leading the way in calling for the European Commission to advocate a binding approach to product and packaging policies  when it publishes its formal proposals in the Autumn.

In summary the RELOOP position calls for:-

  1. Mandatory labelling to show which products are reusable and can be dumped. 
  2. a more effective use of financial instruments such as taxes on single-use products.
  3. Mandatory deposit-return and large-scale collection scheme it claims could avoid contamination of the recyclable material.
  4. Targets for preparation, reuse and recycling of packaging products like aluminium, plastic and cardboard achievable it claims.
  5. Separate recycling targets for waste electronics and electrical equipment, could present significant opportunities to develop the reuse sector further and extend the life of quality products.
  6. It has also called on the Commission to consider encouraging closed-loop recycling – where recycled material could be reused make the same product.


Issue 44