17 September 2014

The EU plans to impose higher recycling targets and drive forward the development of a closed-loop economy

The European Parliament and the European Commission are working on laws that would promote recycling and speed up the transition from a linear to a closed-loop economy.

Proposals made by the European Commission include an increase in the recycling rate for municipal waste to 70 percent by 2030 and even a recycling rate of 80 percent for packaging. The Commission wants to impose a total ban on sending recyclable waste to landfill from 2025.*

However, in order to achieve its overall objective – the transition to a closed-loop economy – the European Commission is going even further. Its proposed concept involves a fundamental shift in the way we think about refuse: In the future, the product life cycle will end in reuse, repair and recycling –the exact approach already taken by RLG with its return-to-value philosophy.

Along with other green initiatives, the concept will be a core element of the European Commission’s new agenda for resource efficiency, which will be instrumental in improving the competitiveness of the EU and creating new jobs. A possible core target for the initiative is a 30 percent increase in resource productivity (GDP/resource use) by 2030.
Over the coming years, research and innovation in the field of closed-loop economic processes will be strengthened and the necessary political framework will be developed.

These proposals show that the solutions and models already successfully provided by RLG will be fundamental elements of the manufacturing economy of the future.

Together with its customers, RLG develops elegant, individually tailored solutions for reverse logistics. The company also offers precise recording of volumes and auxiliary re-marketing along with repair and recycling services at national, European and global levels. That is how we are already closing gaps between the end of the product life cycle and new production today.

 

* please compare press release from July 2nd 2014:  http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-763_en.htm