European recyclers have been calling for harmonized end-of-waste for many waste streams for a long time. The new Circular Economy Action Plan expressly calls for “Creating a well-functioning EU market for secondary raw materials” and lists as a priority action, the evaluation of “EU-wide end-of-waste criteria for certain waste streams based on monitoring Member States’ application”.
End-Of-Waste: Time to Move Forward
Behind this assessment lies the absolute need to go much faster in setting criteria at EU level, to define when waste ceases to be waste for priority streams. In order to invest in processes substituting extracted raw materials with raw materials from recycling, circular value chains need certainty.
This is all the more urgent that transitioning to a circular economy is a pre-requisite to Europe’s overarching goal of climate neutrality, embedded in the European Green Deal.
EuRIC: End of Waste Discussion on 5th October
Keynote Interventions (9h30 to 9h45)
- Emmanuel KATRAKIS, Secretary General of EuRIC
Panel Discussion and Q&A from the audience (9h45 to 10h45)
- Peter WESSMAN, Legal Officer, DG Environment, Waste Management and Secondary Materials Unit, European Commission
- Lars RAAHAUGE, Environment & Business Development, Genan Group
- Sebastien RICARD, Director for sustainable development & public affairs, PAPREC Group
- Alex van GELDEREN, Advisor ELT Management, ETRMA
- Sara STIERNSTRÖM, Product and Market Developer, EasyMining – Part of Ragn-Sells Group
Concluding remarks (10h45 to 11h00)