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ECN E-BULLETIN No. 08_2020
03 september 2020
European Compost Network
Update of ECN's Policy Website
With the adopted Circular Economy Package in 2018 the EU has paved the way for better bio-waste management in Europe and as well for placing recycled bio-waste materials on the European Market as products. In July 2019, the EU Fertilisers Regulation was published with the objective of placing secondary raw materials on the EU fertiliser market in order to protect primary raw materials.

ECN has now updated the Policy section of the ECN website to take into account the recent developments in European Policy. This part now summarizes important surrounding conditions for the adoption process of the CE Package. Some information of the ECN Status Report 2019 were included to illustrate facts on separate collection of bio-waste and compost and digestate production in Europe. The key-role of bio-waste is emphasized by new menu items like:
Please visit the the updated ECN Policy section on our website to get latest information on trends in the Circular Economy and the relevance of bio-waste for this process.

European Commission
Implementation of the Waste Framework Directive
With the adoption of the Circular Economy Package in 2018 the EU has paved the way for better bio-waste management in Europe and as well for placing recycled bio-waste materials on the European Market as products. The key elements in the waste legislative revisions for improving bio-waste managing in Europe are
  • The overall recycling target of municipal waste of 65 % by 2035,
  • The mandatory separate collection of bio-waste by 2023,
  • The exclusion to account mechanical biological treatment of municipal waste for recycling by 2027, and
  • The 10 % reduction target of municipal solid waste being landfilled by 2035.
For the implementation of the new elements in the waste legislative revisions the Commission has published the Study to Support the Implementation of Reporting Obligations Resulting from the New Waste Legislation Adopted in 2018.

Separate collection of bio-waste
For achieving the overall recycling target of 65 % of municipal waste by 2035 and to facilitate high quality recycling separate collection and biological treatment of bio-waste have to be introduced across Europe. From 1st January 2027, bio-waste only separate collected biowaste or separated at source can be accounted as recycled. This will give member states enough time to switch from mixed waste treatment to high quality recycling of bio-waste through composting or anaerobic digestion of separately collected bio-waste.
For supporting the separate collection of different waste streams, including bio-waste, the Commission has published the Guidance for separate collection of municipal waste:

UBA report
Still too much Bio-waste are Discarded with Household Waste in Germany
Germany currently produces about half as much residual waste as 35 years ago, compared to the old federal states. This is shown by a current analysis of municipal residual waste in Germany for the German Environment Agency.
The last such survey was conducted in 1985. Many more recyclable materials such as glass, paper and plastic are now collected separately. Nevertheless, many recyclable materials still end up in the residual waste bin where they do not belong. Bio-waste accounts for the largest share of this, averaging 39 percent. In urban regions, the bins contain more residual waste and more recyclable materials than in rural areas and suburbs.
UBA Texte 113 2020
The press release is available for download here.
The full report (in German language) can be downloaded here.
European Compost Network
Response on the Evaluation on the Use of Sewage Sludge in Farming submitted
The European Commission (DG ENV - unit B3 Waste Management & Secondary Materials) conducts an evaluation on the use of sewage sludge in farming. It started in Q3 of 2020 and will end in Q3 of 2021. In advance of the public consultation key stakeholders and organisations were questioned for their feedback. ECN (TG Biosolids) has submitted a response to the roadmap on the 21 August 2020.

Adopted 30 years ago, the Directive no longer matches current needs and expectations, such as properly regulating pollutants found in sludge (‘emerging contaminants’ like pharmaceuticals and microplastics).This initiative will evaluate how effective the Directive has been and analyse the risks and opportunities related to sewage sludge management in farming.

In the context of the evaluation the Commission is planning to launch an online public consultation in the fourth quarter of 2020 and a targeted stakeholder consultation was held in the third quarter of 2020 to gather information and collect views of stakeholders representing the key sectors and organisations concerned.

The ECN feedback is available for download here.

Further information on the evaluation and the roadmap can be accessed here.

Save the date - EP online debate
Save Organics in Soil – Sustainable Agriculture in a Circular Economy
Hosted by MEP Franc Bogovič and MEP Elsi Katainen ECN is organising an EP online debate on 'Save Organics in Soil - Sustainable Agriculture in a Circular Economy‘ in the European Parliament on 13 October 2020.

Further information will follow soon. Please save the date.

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