EuRIC highlights lack of treatment capacity for ultimate waste

Disposal capacity shortages have forced some
shredder operators to idle their plants.
19.06.2019 − 

European companies recycling commercial and industrial waste, e-waste and scrap cars are increasingly struggling to find treatment and disposal capacities for the final waste arising in their processes. The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) reports that it has been informed by “multiple recycling operators active in different parts of Europe” about the issue. In particular the light fraction of shredder residue (ASR or “fluff”) is directly affected. Due to the lack of treatment or disposal options, some companies have been forced to stop their entire mechanical recycling operations temporarily or permanently, EuRIC reports.

The umbrella organisation urges public authorities to ease the access to waste to energy or disposal facilities for final waste from recycling industrial and commercial waste, waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) and end-of-life vehicles (ELV). EuRIC recommends this as a short-term solution in order to “prevent extreme situations where recycling facilities have to stop operating because of the absence of foreseeable outlets”.

In the medium to long term, the organisation recommends several actions addressing different stages of the product lifecycle. In order to enhance complex products’ recyclability and minimise residual waste, EuRIC calls for “continuous support to material-efficiency eco-design requirements”. The organisation also recommends creating incentives for state of the art post-treatment facilities to reduce the amount of residual waste from recycling processes.

Not least, EuRIC recommends fostering “a fact-based discussion on waste-to-energy capacity needs based on currently established recycling targets for household waste, ELVs and WEEE as wells as foreseen levels of recycling for commercial and industrial waste”.

Full reports on EuRIC’s statement and on latest calculations about residual waste treatment capacity needs in the EU made by the Confederation of European Waste-to-Energy Plants (Cewep) will appear in EUWID Recycling and Waste Management 13/2019 out on 26 June. E-paper subscribers will be able to access it here from 2 pm.



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