Over the last decades, the European recycling industries have drastically evolved by modernizing and constantly innovating to turn more waste streams into new resources. By doing so, the sector has contributed to the development of new technologies and automated equipment made in Europe and exported around the globe. The European regulatory framework has accompanied these changes thanks to ambitious targets and a meaningful waste hierarchy. However, the recycling sector continues to be subject to a complex and ever-growing EU regulatory framework, which affects its activities. To ensure a competitive European recycling sector, which is part of a global industry, EuRIC advocates clear, effective and smart European policies which:
- Incentivise recycling across the value chains;
- Minimise regulatory burdens on recyclers, in particular on SMEs;
- Guarantee an open and fair competition within Europe and with the world to foster a genuine internal recycling market.
EuRIC also advocates positive measures to ensure a consistent implementation of existing legislation across Europe.
EuRIC Concrete Proposals about Eco-design for WEEE
EuRIC proposals, based on the inputs of experts from companies recycling Waste of electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) as well as from Members’ Recycling Federations, aim at supporting the implementation of the actions foreseen by the European Union in the field of eco-design and the cooperation with manufacturers in order to improve sustainable design and manufacturing of products.
COP21 – EuRIC: Time to acknowledge the benefits of recycled steel scrap in steelmaking
EuRIC voiced European steel recyclers’ views during a side-event of the United Nations conference on climate change COP21.
Statement of the European Steel Recyclers ahead of the Competitiveness Council of 9.11.2015 on the EU Steel Industry
EuRIC calls the Competitiveness Council of 9 November 2015 for immediate action to restore the competitiveness of the European steel recycling industry.