Paper makers blast incineration standards plan

Cepi says inclusion of recovered paper contradicts waste hierarchy, jeopardises recycling

A European Commission move to develop European standards defining which types of recovered waste should be eligible for use as fuel in waste-to-energy incineration plants could disrupt the EU's waste treatment hierarchy by jeopardising established paper recycling schemes, according to paper industry association Cepi.

The lobby group complains the Commission has failed to exclude recyclable recovered paper grades from the scope of the standards. This goes against all previous encouragement from policymakers to recycle waste in preference to incineration, it argues.

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