European Associations Criticize Proposed Regulations

FEAD and ERPA say European Parliament should reject a motion that addresses end-of-waste for recovered fiber.

November 15, 2013
Recycling Today Staff
Legislation & Regulations Paper

The European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD) and the European Recovered Paper Association (ERPA) are calling on members of the European Parliament to oppose a motion to reject a motion on end-of-waste (EOW) for recovered fiber.

In a statement, the two European-based associations say the motion, if successful, would effectively mean the rejection of the European Community proposal on EOW criteria.

According to a press release, for FEAD and ERPA members, the key benefits of harmonized 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.

ERPA, FEAD and CEPI (an association of paper mills) have worked on the European CEN Standard EN643 for recovered paper and board, which they say has been adopted by all the stakeholders in the paper recycling chain. The 1.5 percent 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, the groups say, arguments that the Council Regulation, which transposes into binding legislation this 1.5 percent threshold for non-paper components will lead to low quality recycling is false.

The groups say that 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 while 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 was held Nov. 5 and the plenary vote is expected to take place before the end of this year.