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:-
- Mandatory labelling to show which products are reusable and can be dumped.
- a more effective use of financial instruments such as taxes on single-use products.
- Mandatory deposit-return and large-scale collection scheme it claims could avoid contamination of the recyclable material.
- Targets for preparation, reuse and recycling of packaging products like aluminium, plastic and cardboard achievable it claims.
- 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.
- It has also called on the Commission to consider encouraging closed-loop recycling – where recycled material could be reused make the same product.