The British Plastics Federation (BPF) has called for “serious debate” on new European measurement and targets for recycling in the Circular Economy Package.
Following the European Commission's revised plans unveiled on 2 December, the British Plastics Federation (BPF) director-general Philip Law highlighted the EU proposals for resource efficiency.
He said: “The EU's proposals certainly raise detail issues which will need serious debate with the regulators before they settle into a final form, such as the integration of targets for re-use and recycling, and the precise point at which recycling is measured.
“We also fear that the provision on extended producer responsibility could introduce a new cost for manufacturers.
“There was a distinct lack of ambition on preventing all recyclables from going to landfill, with a figure of 90% defined by 2030, although we do accept that this is a step in the right direction.”
Plastics manufacturing industry group PlasticsEurope, however, said the publication of the European Commission's (EC) new Circular Economy package is a step closer to resource efficiency.
PlasticsEurope executive director Karl-H Foerster, said: “The European plastics industry has been calling for a legally binding landfill restriction on all recyclable as well as other recoverable post-consumer waste by 2025.
“Although a 10% target constitutes a step in the right direction, it remains a timid attempt to put an end to the landfilling of all waste which can be used a resource.”