Producer responsibility plan gets mixed support

The European Commission’s proposal to establish minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility schemes as part of the planned waste law update met with a mixed reaction from member states

The European Commission’s proposal to establish minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) schemes as part of the planned waste law update met with a mixed reaction from member states.

Environment ministers held an initial exchange of views on the idea on Tuesday, with a number of countries voicing support.

But others raised concerns about the European Commission proposal, which would require member states to “define measurable targets in terms of prevention, preparing for re-use, re-use, recycling and/or recovery” and develop sanctions for when targets are missed. Countries would also have to take steps to improve EPR schemes’ financial transparency.

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