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Innovation and enhanced collection and sorting systems key for closing the loop

Following its creation on 25 October 2016, PCEP’s founding partners, the European Plastics Converters, PlasticsEurope and Plastics Recyclers Europe agreed on a joint mission to advance the circular economy by increasing the reuse and recycling of polyolefin based products and the use of recyclates as raw material. 

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The co-signatories have been made aware that the Council of the European Union is considering the inclusion of activities in the provisions to measure recycling targets which either have nothing to do with recycling or result in the production of low quality waste materials. This inclusion, if endorsed, would enable to count as recycled waste materials which are not recycled and hence artificially increase recycling rates. In other words, such rules would enable in practice to cheat on the achievement of recycling targets, encourage poor quality recycling and annihilate the benefits of ambitious recycling rates. From a legal view, they would contradict the waste hierarchy first laid down by European legislation in the original directive 1975/442/EEC of 15 July 1975 on waste.

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The BIR world recycling organisation and the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation have both campaigned for the development of more modern, paperless control procedures for transboundary waste movements. And at the BIR International Environment Council (IEC) meeting in Berlin on June 1, guest speaker Rainer Hans declared that electronic processing of waste shipments was no longer a dream or even “rocket science” but rather “something that is already there and you could use tomorrow”.

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Container security and an update on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership were the headline topics of the first plenary meeting of the BIR International Trade Council (ITC) to take place under the chairmanship of Michael Lion of China-based Everwell Resources Ltd. 

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