FEAD, ERPA, Urge Parliament to Reject Motion for Resolution on End-of-Waste for Recovered Paper

The 1.5% threshold for non-paper components in end-of-waste paper in the Council Regulation was purposefully aligned with the threshold in the CEN standard.

Oct. 22, 2013 (Press Release) - FEAD, the European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services, and ERPA, the European Recovered Paper Association, call on the members of the European Parliament to reject the forthcoming EP motion for a resolution on end-of-waste for recovered paper. This motion for a resolution, if successful, would effectively mean the rejection of the EC proposal.

For FEAD and ERPA members, the key benefits of harmonised European End-of-Waste criteria are:

  • legal certainty across the EU,
  • a strengthening of the internal market,
  • efficient collection and through its mandatory Quality Management System a higher quality sorting,
  • processing and recycling of waste safeguarding both human health and the environment.

Based on Art.6 of the Waste Framework Directive, the European Commission's Joint Research Centre IPTS undertook an extensive multi-stakeholder consultation and produced a comprehensive report mitigating concerns raised.

ERPA, FEAD and CEPI (paper mills) have intensively worked on the European CEN Standard EN643 for recovered paper and board which has been adopted by all the stakeholders in the paper recycling chain. The 1.5% threshold for non-paper components in end-of-waste paper in the Council Regulation was purposefully aligned with the threshold in the CEN standard. Therefore, arguments that the Council Regulation, which transposes into binding legislation this 1.5% threshold for non-paper components will lead to low quality recycling is simply false.

For many decades, based on principles of supply and demand and in conformity with the Waste Shipment Regulation, recovered paper has been exported and imported by the EU as a non-hazardous green-listed waste. This existing trade will not be affected by the Council Regulation as the high quality paper demanded by the Regulation will originate from the increased processing in the EU of currently lower quality recovered paper that is at present readily traded. This means that whilst EOW criteria for recovered paper will not have any significant impact on increasing volumes of exports, they could optimally increase quality and prevent disposal of unsorted waste in third countries.

The vote in the EP's Environment Committee is scheduled to be held on 5 November; the plenary vote would take place before the end of this year.

FEAD is the European Federation representing the European waste management industry. FEAD's members are national waste management associations covering 18 Member States and Norway. They have an approximate 60% share in the household waste market and handle more than 75% of industrial and commercial waste in Europe. For more information visit: http://www.fead.be.

ERPA is the European Recovered Paper Association and a daughter federation of the World Federation of Recycling BIR. ERPA aims at promoting the use and the international trade of waste paper and recycled paper for further use by the European and other paper producers around the world. ERPA members representing some 2000 companies are national waste and recycled paper federations which are established in different European Union countries. For more information visit: http://www.erpa.info.