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Orgalime calls for quality raw materials for a circular economy

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In March, Orgalime attended the expert meeting of the Competent Authorities for chemicals legislation (CARACAL). During the meeting, the European Commission (EC) briefly presented its recent roadmap for the preparation of the ‘Analysis of the interface between chemicals, products and waste legislation and identification of policy options’. The EC briefly outlined the general content of the document and then opened the floor for comments.

Orgalime seized the opportunity to reiterate that in a Circular Economy it is crucial for article manufacturers to have access not only to sufficient quantities of secondary raw materials, but also and especially to quality raw materials. These are indispensable prerequisites for manufacturers if they are to remain compliant with their sector-specific legislation, such as the RoHS or Ecodesign Directives.

Orgalime also pointed out that there are pre-REACH realities to be dealt with. A solid legislative framework on waste management, clear end-of-waste criteria and more innovation at the waste management stage will be essential for cleaner streams, especially in times of digitisation, which offers ample opportunities for better sorting waste.

According to the roadmap, the EC plans to release a Communication on the interface of product, chemicals and waste policies in the last quarter of 2017. Orgalime is now preparing its response to the roadmap.

 

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