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FEFCO welcomes Waste Framework Directive flexibility

FEFCO (the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) has welcomed the Environment Council’s decision to allow more flexibility to deviate from the waste hierarchy.

Angelika Christ, secretary general of FEFCO, says: “The deviation clause that was supported by the European Parliament in its first reading would require companies to undertake a life cycle assessment and cost-benefit analysis each time they want to deviate from the hierarchy. This approach would be too costly, time consuming and bureaucratic.

“The approach taken by the council is much more flexible, since it is based on life cycle thinking and takes into account technical feasibility, economical viability as well as overall environmental, human health, economic and social impacts.”

FEFCO is more doubtful when it comes to the steps of the waste hierarchy itself, having repeatedly denounced the five-step hierarchy in favour of a balanced approach between re-use and recycling, since the start of the legislative process in December, 2005.

Finally, with respect to prevention FEFCO believes the EU should avoid developing 27 different programmes but welcomes the proposal to develop guidelines to assist Member States in the preparation of the programmes, guidelines which should be based on the Essential Requirements contained in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/62/EC).FEFCO (the European Federation of Corrugated Board Manufacturers) welcomes the Environment Council’s decision to allow more flexibility to deviate from the waste hierarchy.

Angelika Christ, secretary general of FEFCO, says: “The deviation clause that was supported by the European Parliament in its first reading would require companies to undertake a life cycle assessment and cost-benefit analysis each time they want to deviate from the hierarchy. This approach would be too costly, time consuming and bureaucratic.

“The approach taken by the council is much more flexible, since it is based on life cycle thinking and takes into account technical feasibility, economical viability as well as overall environmental, human health, economic and social impacts.”

FEFCO is more doubtful when it comes to the steps of the waste hierarchy itself, having repeatedly denounced the five-step hierarchy in favour of a balanced approach between re-use and recycling, since the start of the legislative process in December, 2005.

Finally, with respect to prevention FEFCO believes the EU should avoid developing 27 different programmes but welcomes the proposal to develop guidelines to assist Member States in the preparation of the programmes, guidelines which should be based on the Essential Requirements contained in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/62/EC).



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