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Updated rules for EU waste exports to non-OECD states "before the end of 2021"

09.08.2021 − 

The European Commission aims update the rules governing exports of green-list wastes for recovery to non-OECD countries "before the end of 2021". The text is now being translated into the EU’s official languages, according to information from the Directorate-General for Trade. In mid-April, EU Trade Commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis had said in response to a parliamentary question that the update would be adopted "in the coming months". According to sources familiar with the matter, the draft of the new Regulation was sent for consultation within the European Commission’s services in May.

The update will close a gap in rules for exports of plastic waste from the EU which has existed for more than six months now. Since the start of 2021, only high-quality waste plastics conforming to the new entry B3011 of the Basel Convention's waste list and destined for recycling can be shipped from the EU to non-OECD states. As long as the updated rules are not in place, EU exports of B3011 plastics to these countries are subject to the prior notification and consent procedure. The update will reflect the control procedures für this waste type and various other green-list wastes reported by non-OECD countries to the European Commission. The last general update of these rules dates back to 2014.

Read more about this topic, the pending EU guidelines for waste plastics exports and the rules now in force in the UK in issue 16/2021 of EUWID Recycling and Waste Management out on 11 August. Premium subscribers can access the E-Paper here:

E-Paper EUWID Recycling and Waste Management

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