FEAD believes that the Commission’s proposals contain a number of positive elements, including the the proposed new legally binding targets for recycling and landfill diversion, the emphasis on better implementation of waste legislation, including compliance plans for less well performing Member States, new provisions to be included in waste management plans, and an early warning system. The federation also points out that the promotion of eco-design should improve durability, reparability and recyclability of products.
However, the federation also sees the problem of weak markets for secondary raw materials with little sign of recovery, which makes it hard for the private waste and recycling industry. Therefore, regulatory changes and economic instruments are needed on the demand side to create more sustainable and resilient markets for secondary raw materials.
In six thesis, FEAD explains what needs to be done for the circular economy.