Over the last decades, the European recycling industries have drastically evolved by modernizing and constantly innovating to turn more waste streams into new resources. By doing so, the sector has contributed to the development of new technologies and automated equipment made in Europe and exported around the globe. The European regulatory framework has accompanied these changes thanks to ambitious targets and a meaningful waste hierarchy. However, the recycling sector continues to be subject to a complex and ever-growing EU regulatory framework, which affects its activities. To ensure a competitive European recycling sector, which is part of a global industry, EuRIC advocates clear, effective and smart European policies which:
- Incentivise recycling across the value chains;
- Minimise regulatory burdens on recyclers, in particular on SMEs;
- Guarantee an open and fair competition within Europe and with the world to foster a genuine internal recycling market.
EuRIC also advocates positive measures to ensure a consistent implementation of existing legislation across Europe.
Joint statement - Coalition Call to Support Binding Recycled Content Targets in Beverage Bottles - 07.11.2018
EuRIC and all the co-signatories of this joint statement urge the Council to support the binding target of at least 35% recycled plastic in beverage bottles by 2025.
Press release – Binding recycled content target for plastics in beverage bottles voted by the European Parliament - 25.10.2018
The European Parliament in plenary meeting approved in a landmark vote on 24 October 2018 a target of 35% of mandatory recycled plastic by 2025 in beverage bottles. This binding target is part of the report led by Ms. Frederique RIES, Rapporteur for the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament (ALDE, BE), which amends the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive proposed by the European Commission. EuRIC strongly welcomes this landmark vote, which will boost the demand for recycled plastic in single use plastics.
Press release – Landmark vote by the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament on recycled content targets - 10.10.2018
Members of the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament voted today on the Report amending the Single Use Plastics (SUP) Directive proposed by the European Commission. Led by Ms. Frederique RIES, Rapporteur for the ENVI Committee of the European Parliament (ALDE, BE), the Report set a target of 35% of recycled content in beverage bottles by 2025. EuRIC strongly welcomes this landmark vote and hopes that it be voted for later this month in plenary by all Members of the European Parliament.
Joint Position on the Recast of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) - 05.09.2018
EuRIC together with many other associations share their concerns in a joint paper about the impact of setting a disproportionately low unintentional trace contaminant (UTC) threshold (10 mg/kg) for decaBDE on plastics recycling and its consistency with the objective of moving towards a more circular economy.
Joint Press Release – Inclusion of Minimum Recycled Content in the SUP Directive Gathers Support - 20.08.2018
EuRIC and FEAD fully support the European Parliament’s draft report issued on 9th July to make it mandatory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025.
Joint Position FEAD_EuRIC on EC proposal on Single Use Plastics - 22.06.2018
FEAD and EuRIC welcome the publication of the Commission’s proposal related to single-use plastics, aimed at reducing their impact on the environment.
EuRIC comments - Low POP content limit value for decaBDE in plastic waste (7 June 2018)
Ahead of the Open-ended working group of the Basel Convention (September 2018), EuRIC - the European Recycling Industry’s Confederation – is pleased to share the following comments on the low POP content limit value for decaBDE in waste.
Strategy on plastics in a Circular Economy - EuRIC position
EuRIC welcomes the introduction of the roadmap laying down the European Commission’s “Strategy on plastics in a circular economy” (‘the communication’). As outlined in ‘the communication’, plastics is an important material for the economy, and the next great challenge will be to decouple its production from fossil feedstocks. To achieve such an objective, plastic recycling is the only solution, but it faces a number of obstacles that different policy actions must alleviate.
Complex Waste Plastics Recycling Industry ‘Wish List’
This document summarises the shared opinion of some key players in the plastics materials recycling sector from complex wastes of durable products such as End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV’s) and Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) concerning the market drivers for change needed to promote a transition towards a ‘true’ circular materials economy in the industry.