With great majority, the members of the European Parliament adopted the report of the ENVI Committee on the waste legislative proposals in the Plenary on 14 March 2017. This vote will pave the way towards a Circular Economy by strengthening the waste hierarchy and mandating separate collection of bio-waste across Europe.
By and large, the ENVI report was adopted with additional amendments giving a clear signal towards high quality recycling. Besides the inclusion of a definition for organic recycling and the obligation for separate collection of bio-waste, the amendment on setting up quality assurance schemes for bio-waste management by Member States will improve sustainable bio-waste management in Europe by producing high quality recycled products for the European market.
The adopted text on the waste proposal includes the following:
- 70 % target for recycling of municipal waste with a 5 % of that waste to be prepared for reuse by 2030;
- Mandatory separate collection for the main waste streams, including bio-waste;
- Limitation to incinerate separately collected waste;
- Use of regulatory and economic instruments in order to incentivise the uptake of secondary raw materials.
The European Compost Network congratulates the European Parliament, especially the rapporteur and the shadow rapporteurs for this great work and step forward towards a Circular Economy. We hope that in the further negotiation process, the Council will endorse this good and comprehensive proposal of the European Parliament.
European Compost Network and Growing Media Europe
MEP assistants joined field trip to composting and growing media production sites
On 10 March 2017, the European Compost Network (ECN) and Growing Media Europe (GME) organised a joined field trip for the policy advisors and assistants of MEPs dealing with the Commission’s proposal on the Fertilising Product Regulation. The trip gave an exclusive insight into growing media and compost production and an opportunity to discuss how the composting and growing media sector will be of assistance in achieving the objectives set-out by the EU Fertilising Product proposal.
The field trip started with the visit of a composting plant from IBOGEM, treating separately collected green waste from the surroundings of Antwerp to produce high quality compost, which is used as constituent in growing media. Following the production line, a growing media production site of GREENYARD, one of the leading growing media producers in Europe, was visited. The properties and the use of different input materials (compost, wood fibres, peat and coir) for the production of growing media were explained and then demonstrated in practice by visiting a tomato grower ‘Tomato Master’ at the end of the day.
Impressions and photos from the site visit can be found on our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/compostnetwork