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EurEau calls for Wastewater to be included in Future Circular Economy Legislation

The association of Europe’s drinking water and wastewater service operators has called on the European Commission to add water to the scope of its work on the circular economy. EurEau stated that the Sewage Sludge Directive (86/278/EEC) (SSD) already gives a special status to sewage sludge by creating a distinction from waste.

However, according to the report on the consultation for the revision of the SSD2 published in 2010, only 39% of sewage sludge is recycled into agriculture in the EU.

EurEau claims that including water in the circular economy package could facilitate the synergies between the Sewage Sludge Directive and the Waste Framework Directive and promote the use of sewage sludge as fertiliser.

According to EurEau, including wastewater in upcoming circular economy legislation would lead to higher levels of phosphorus, fertilizer and water recovery.

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EuEau position statement

European Commission Report


Issue 43