EU Waste legislation benefits the environment and plastics

PlasticsEurope welcomes the new Waste Framework Directive, which will enhance resource-efficiency, reduce landfill and harness waste plastics as a resource.

On 17 June 2008 the European Parliament adopted a resolution on the Waste Framework Directive. Once this has been rubber-stamped by the Council of Ministers it will become law, closing a process which started back in 2003.

PlasticsEurope believes this law will be good for the environment and good for plastics, The Directive marks an important step towards improved resource efficiency and the reduction of landfill in Europe, thus decreasing greenhouse gas emissions and protecting the climate. A recent study by the Prognos research institute showed that diverting calorific waste from landfill across Europe could save up to 27% of the EU’s 2020 CO2 emissions reduction target.

This legislation recognises the importance of waste as a valuable resource. Calorific waste is a valuable and energy-rich resource that must not be landfilled. It will especially help conserve natural resources by:
  • Classifying feedstock recycling as recycling, not recovery
  • Giving authorities the freedom to apply the waste hierarchy flexibly and choose the best waste management option for their situation
  • Classifying efficient incineration as recovery, not disposal
Throughout the legislative process PlasticsEurope provided policy-makers with the information necessary to create legislation promoting sustainability.

Press Release

Click here to read the PlasticsEurope position paper.