Action plan of the EU for Recycling: From Old to New

The EU Commission provides a number of laws for a more circular economy, from electronics to textiles in view. The environmental groups are fond of. Recycling

Action plan of the EU for Recycling: From Old to New

The EU Commission provides a number of laws for a more circular economy, from electronics to textiles in view. The environmental groups are fond of.

Recycling of electric devices in Selm, North Rhine-Westphalia photo: Rupert upper houses/imago images

BERLIN taz | of The "European Green Deal" takes shape As an essential building block for sustainable growth in Europe, the European Commission presented on Wednesday in Brussels, an action plan for the circular economy. It provides the framework for various laws to be adopted in the nearest time. The Commission will focus on seven resource-intensive product groups, which are well run in cycles; and, among other things, electronics and information technologies. The lifetime of products is extended and electric scrap better and treated will be collected.

in Addition to transferred the raw materials for batteries and vehicles in circuits and new mandatory requirements on packaging and plastics to be formulated. The EU also takes disposable packaging and tableware in catering to the visor. EU textile strategy is to ensure that more and more old textiles are re-used. Also, the area of the building should be sustainable.

environmental and business organisations have welcomed the plan of action, is unanimously considered to be ambitious and criticized, only that it would contain too little on the subject of waste prevention. Rebecca Tauer, the WWF for markets and companies: The proposals were correct, however, this was not the most effective Instrument for the avoidance of the use of primary raw materials. "To achieve this, is to introduce the EU an absolute reduction target for the use of primary raw materials," said Tauer.

waste Association BDE praised, in particular, the requirements of the action plan for public procurement, in view. The state is identified as a strong market participant "should take a leadership role in creating a sustainable circular economy," said BDE President Peter Kurth.

Also, the NABU is satisfied with the Plan, but calls for the original idea of the Commission to cut in half the physical footprint of the EU member States until 2030 to put back on the Agenda. In addition, the EU recycled plastics with taxes to support the primary material, called Federal managing Director Leif Miller.

The German environmental aid (DUH) pointed out that with the action plan for a circular economy is an important environmental policy impulse comes from the EU: "Germany is not in the circular economy to the beat, but is lagging behind the European developments," said the Deputy managing Director of the DUH, Barbara Metz. The Federal environment Minister, Svenja Schulze, should finally Wake up and waste prevention targets and mandatory set re-use rates, as Metz.

Date Of Update: 11 March 2020, 18:00

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