The EU Council adopted its position ("general approach") on the proposed Ecodesign for Sustainable Products Regulation (ESPR) at a meeting of member state economic affairs ministers on Monday. The key amendments made by the Council to the Commission proposal include the addition of a direct ban on the destruction of unsold apparel and clothing accessories. The prohibition would apply to larger businesses three years after the Regulation goes into force, while medium-sized enterprises have an additional year before they are subject to the ban and small enterprises would be exempted entirely. The concept of destruction is to cover activities on the three lowest rungs of the waste hierarchy, namely recycling, other recovery such as energy recovery, and disposal. Remanufacturing or preparing the textiles for reuse would remain permitted....
EU Council votes to ban destruction of unsold apparel
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