Ireland urges EU action to help recycling sector

Fall in demand for partially-recycled waste risks jeopardising efforts to achieve EU targets, Dublin warns

Ireland has called for EU action to support Europe's recycling industry, which is being hit by a dramatic fall in demand for partially-recycled raw materials - "recyclates" - from major importers outside Europe.  Irish environment minister John Gormley wants to discuss the issue at a meeting with EU counterparts in Brussels next week.

Ireland is "gravely concerned" about the current situation, according to a paper submitted by Dublin and published by the council of ministers on Wednesday.  The fall in demand risks jeopardising member states' efforts to achieve EU recycling targets (EED 26/11/08), it says.  British paper recyclers have raised similar concerns (EED 11/11/08).

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