Overview

You can read the full Press Release of Fost Plus here

The issue of free riding is one of growing concern in light of distance sales already representing up to 20 and 30 per cent of the market across various waste streams in certain Member States. In a bid to solve this problem, the three organizations propose online sellers and fulfilment houses to be required to take on the duties of a ‘producer’ under the Directive dealing with the product they sell or stock.

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“We look forward to working with EXPRA and its members”, said Ólafur Kjartansson, Managing Director of IRF.

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To develop more sustainable packaging is a challenge and an opportunity for all stakeholders along the value chain, as the overall objective is to do so by optimising the use of materials, water and energy, minimising waste (of product and used packaging) and maximising the recycling and recovery of used packaging. This is of course part of the Circular Economy concept and the respective measures and initiatives of the EU, aiming to modernise and transform the European economy, shifting it towards a more sustainable direction.

In line with these efforts, EXPRA is starting a new initiative – publication of news and best practices from EXPRA members, aiming to inform and support all stakeholders along the packaging value chain in the process of developing more sustainable packaging, incorporating design for recycling/ eco-design. The publication will be issued on quarterly basis, providing summarized information with respective links to detailed documents and or sources, implemented with the support of the EXPRA Sustainability and Packaging Working Group.

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Importantly, GreenPak was acknowledged for its positive results in waste recovery, amongst others through education in recycling. Two of GreenPak’s educational campaigns particularly stood out: ‘Nirrickla ghall-Istrina’ and ‘Irrickla u Irbah’.

For the past six years, GreenPak’s ‘Nirrickla ghall-Istrina’ has each year encouraged schools and businesses to collect plastic caps. In 2016, over 14 million plastics caps, weighing almost 43 tonnes, were recycled. The proceedings go towards a charity – the Community Chest Fund Foundation;  €20,000 were raised only in 2016. Meanwhile, the ‘Irrickla u Irbah’ campaign, which is a recycle and reward campaign, runs now its seventh edition. The campaign promotes recycling by randomly selecting and rewarding Maltese citizens that use one of GreenPak’s community recycling services.

GreenPak’s innovative, citizen-focused approach will continue to successfully drive the collection and recycling of packaging waste in Malta while demonstrating the societal value of industry-driven extended producer responsibility.

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This is a pioneering project in Europe that,through joint collaborative research within the circular economy framework, seeks to study, conceive, test and apply best practices in the field of packaging and recycling.

Based in Logroño, Spanish region of Rioja, TheCircularLab aims to become an international reference in circular economy matters. Its goal is to turn the region into a large real-scale experimentation centre, in close cooperation with companies, the public administration and citizens. It also expects to develop circular economy patterns that are transferable to other areas in Spain, Europe and worldwide.

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EXPRA’s Board members represent Packaging Recovery Organizations from the Czech Republic (EKO-KOM), Italy (CONAI), Malta (GreenPak), Netherlands (Nedvang), Romania (Eco-Rom Ambalaje), Norway (Green Dot Norway) and Spain (EcoEmbes). They unanimously re-elected Mr Vermeir, Managing Director of Fost Plus, Belgium, as President for the next 2 years.

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The award was formalised at an event organised by the Italian non-profit association Legambiente in the European Parliament, in the presence ofEuropean Commission Vice President Jyrki Katainen, and European Parliament’s Rapporteur for the waste proposals, Simona Bonafè.

CONAI is being rewarded for its role in implementing the circular economy model in Italy – as the national packaging consortium, it is responsible for recovering and recycling packaging waste involving steel, aluminum, paper, wood, plastic and glass. In 2015, recycling accounted for 66.9 per cent of the total packaging consumption, amounting to 8.2 million tonnes. Considering energy recovery rates, 78.6 per cent of the packaging waste (9.6 million tonnes) was, in fact, diverted from landfill.

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The reviewed EU waste legislation acknowledges that EPR forms an essential part of an efficient waste-management process. Now this approach needs to be translated into strong common  requirements for EPR schemes.

EXPRA moreover welcomes the options set out for recycling measurement. However, the “final recycling process” definition should be adjusted in a bid to ensure data accuracy and reliability as well as reporting transparency and  compliance.

 

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18 years have passed since the foundation of the current recycling system of packaging was set, and during these years it has become a modern and efficient model, which highlights the success of cooperation between companies, public administrations and citizens.

At our age of majority, looking forward to the enthralling challenges which appear in front of us, in Ecoembes we think it is the perfect moment to change our trademark as well. This new look, this new identity, which reflects the current Ecoembes belongs to you, to all the companies that are part of Ecoembes and give sense to our existence.

Ing. Mario Schembri, CEO of GreenPak himself has also been instrumental in setting up the international organisation Extended Producer Alliance (EXPRA), which promotes the not-for-profit concept that producers are best placed to recover end-of-life products.

 

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Given that EPR is implemented in a variety of ways across the bloc, the proposed common requirements for EPR are likely to ensure a level-playing field for producers, Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) and other actors in the waste management chain.

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On 26 November 2015, during its General Assembly meeting, EXPRA, the umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by the obligated industry and work on a non-profit basis, welcomed two new members - SLOPAK from Slovenia and EKOPAK from Bosnia and Herzegovina, thereby extending its presence in the Balkans.

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A new study, published today by the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), concludes that EU Member States’ latest packaging recycling data shows inconsistencies and variances.

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The joint statement relates to the legislative proposal that would be a part of Circular Economy Package.  Its aim is to leverage a joint, strong and cross industry message to the European Commission ahead of the published CEP on 2 December, and to other stakeholders.

Among the recommended actions to further enable the transition towards a resource-efficient and competitive Circular Economy, are the need to ensure full implementation and enforcement of the Waste Framework Directive and PPWD and strengthening of the legal framework for EPR, that should further include introducing a clear definition of EPR in the PPWD and stipulating binding EU minimum performance requirements for EPR schemes. The need for establishing a comparable and harmonized calculation method and setting realistic and achievable packaging recycling targets is also highlighted in the document.

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With the growing of EXPRA and joining of new members we decided that it is time to update our leaflet. We hope that the new design of the leaflet will also help for the better transmission of our messages to external and internal audiences.

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The European Parliamenthas explicitly acknowledged today the primary role that Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has to play in the transition towards a circular economy. Voting on MEP Sirpa Pietikäinen’s own initiative report on ‘Resource efficiency: moving towards a circular economy’, legislators called on the European Commission to set ‘clear minimum standards for extended producer responsibility requirements’ in a bid to ‘ensure transparency and cost effectiveness’ of EPR schemes.

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The Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA) and 6 Packaging Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs)[1] have developed a joint paper that spells out some shared views concerning the future direction of the circular economy, EU waste review and EPR. These views were shaped as a result of an open dialogue and consultative process among the PROs, and include input from a number of international producers.


[1] ARA, Austria; Eco Emballages, France; Der Grüne Punkt – Duales System Deutschland GmbH, Germany; Rekopol, Poland; SPV, Portugal; and Valpak, United Kingdom.

Explanatory note

Joint Paper

The article was published in the last issue of the ISWA by-monthly Magazine, Waste Management World (March-April 2015) by Piet Coopman. It states that the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) can be a strong policy principle in waste management. Over the years it has been introduced worldwide for different waste streams and based on its European experience ISWA has defined some key considerations for successful implementation of EPR throughout the world.

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The Position paper focuses on mandatory lables used to give waste recycling recommendations.

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EXPRA, the umbrella organization for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis, has elected its Board of Directors for the mandate 2015-2017. Ms. Jaana Røine, CEO of Green Dot Norway, was appointed as new member of the EXPRA Board and EXPRA’s President, William Vermeir, was re-elected.  

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During its spring General Assembly meeting, EXPRA, the umbrella organization for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis, has welcomed two new members: ETO from Estonia and VAL I PAC from Belgium. With these incorporations, EXPRA extends its reach to 23 members from 21 countries in Europe, Canada and Middle East.

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The ISWA Working Group on Legal Issues (WGLI) with the lead author Tina Van Poelvoorde, Legal Affairs Manager at FostPlus EXPRA’s Belgian member, has developed a Discussion paper on Public-Private partnership. The paper focuses on the legal dimension of PPPs, in particular with regard to waste management. It provides information about the types of PPPs, their major characteristics and the Legal framework on PPPs in the European Union

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At this lunch debate, EPR Club and EXPRA members will come together to learn about the discussion on the topic of transparency until now and to discuss amongst each other.

The aim of the event is to build on the findings from discussion on the topic and to go further; trying to come to a common message, at least on some specific waste streams, from the EPR Club on

 

  •     which level of transparency are we asking from the various actors within the EPR system 
  •     what should be done on a European level to ensure a certain amount of transparency and
  •     what degree of confidentiality should be kept.

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Program

“Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) has lead without any doubt to better recycling results for packaging waste, WEEE, and many other waste streams” states a recent publication of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) on EPR.

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The Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA) extends its reach in Northern Europe

Two new members, Packaging and Newspaper Collection Service (FTI) Sweden and the Environmental Register of Packaging (PYR) Finland, join the EPR Network

Brussels, 3 December 2014 – During its General Assembly meeting, EXPRA, the umbrella organisation for packaging and packaging waste recovery and recycling systems which are owned by obliged industry and work on a not-for-profit basis, has welcomed two new members - FTI from Sweden and PYR from Finland, extending its presence in Northern Europe.

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Monthly Newsletter, October 2014

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Informal sector valuable waste collection is a phenomenon that is developing rapidly, due to many factors, such as economic crises, inefficient functioning of the established WM systems, lack of adequate legal provisions and economic instruments.

Over 80 representatives of all stakeholders from 13 countries: academics, researches, EPR schemes, local authorities and business met in Bucharest to exchange their experience and approaches to tackle the challenges. 

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ISWA / RDN / EXPRA Workshop 201409

October 9, 2014 – NOVOTEL BUCAREST CITY CENTRE, Bucharest, Romania

 

Welcome by the organizers (EXPRA / ISWA / RDN)  

  • EXPRA – Mr Joachim Quoden, MD

  • Eco-Rom Ambalaje – Mr. Sorin Popescu, CEO

  • ISWA – Mr. Gerfried Habenicht  Communications Manager

  • RDN – Mr Alexei Atudorei , Member of ISWA Board 

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Welcome  note 

  • Romanian National Environmental Guard – Florin Diaconu, General Commissar

Paving the floor to the topic – Inspiring the audience 

  • ISWA  -Dr. Helmut Stadler  

Overview: “Integration of the invisible and Deniable: Challenges of integrating Informal Recycling within the EU” – Dr. Anne Scheinberg, Director, Noë Waste Measurement Consultants, Wageningen, the Netherlands, and Senior Researcher, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, the Netherlands 

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 “From marginal to inclusive. About to change the paradigm approach”  - Gelu Duminica,  "Impreuna" Agency for Community Development

Experiences from different countries                                        

Key performance indicators of the informal waste sector – Mr. Roland Ramusch, Institute of Waste Management, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

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Excurse No 1: Initiatives in South American countries  - Mr Philippe Diexcsens, DANONE 

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Excurse No 2: Challenges in the collection of bulky waste and overview about solutions in different countries to integrate the informal sector – Ms Gudrun Obersteiner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna 

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 Experiences from different countries

  • FYR Macedonia – Pakomak (Mr Filip Ivanovski, CEO)

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  • Project “Informal sector integration in solid waste management in Tunisia” , Mr. Cosmin Briciu, Green Partnets, Romania

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  • Serbia – Mr. Mihail Mateski, General Manager, GREENTECH d.o.o. 

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Panel Discussion – Learnings from the presentations and future steps – Moderator Joachim Quoden, EXPRA

  • Romanian Ministry of Environment

  • ISWA Representative – Dr. Helmut Stadler

  • Municipalities-– Mr. Gabriel Moiceanu, President FADI 

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  • NGO’s Mr. Cosmin Briciu, Green Partnets, Romania

  • Mr. Maarten G. Labberton, Director EAA Packaging Group

  • Waste Management Company- ARS, Mr. Domitru Mihalache

  • Academics - Ms Gudrun Obersteiner, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

 

A feasibility study on The effects of the proposed EU packaging waste policy on waste management practice, developed by the Data and Reporting Working Group of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), concludes that the increased recycling targets proposed by the European Commission would lead to collect more packaging waste from households than the amount of packaging that is put on the market. Besides, the costs for collection, sorting and sale of packaging waste will more than double under the proposed legislation.

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This event will discuss key elements of the Circular Economy Package, looking in particular at how EPR can contribute to optimal waste management and the instruments that are needed at EU level to enable its further development.

Please find program and additional information in attached leaflet.

Invitation to the event

In the light of the proposed by the European Commission increased recycling targets, as part of the Circular Economy Package, the problem that certain valuable packaging is disappearing or even not reaching the established collection infrastructure of municipalities and compliance schemes, gains major importance.  The higher the prices for secondary raw material are the  more material is disappearing which makes it more and more difficult to finance the infrastructure and to reach recycling targets.

The workshop will focus on the problem of the relation between the regular collection of valuable parts of the waste stream and the informal sector and will offer a platform to exchange experiences on the effects of this problem and possible solutions. More information about the workshop and registration please find attached.

Workshop program

Monthly Newsletter, July 2014

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EXPRA Position Paper on the EU Waste Target Review and the revision of related waste directives

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EXPRA’s key messages on the EU Waste Target Review and the revision of related waste directives

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Monthly Newsletter, May 2014

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This glossary is a collection of terms that are commonly used in the field of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) and in the waste management sector.

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This brochure explains EXPRA’s golden rules for EPR, the activities of EXPRA, and provides key facts and figures on its members’ activities.

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Monthly Newsletter, April 2014

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EXPRA takes part in Public Consultation on Certification of Waste Treatment Facilities

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Monthly Newsletter, March 2014

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This paper outlines the response of the Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA) to the Commission proposal on Lightweight Plastic Bags amending Directive 94/62/EC on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

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Position Paper clarifying the role of different stakeholders in EPR

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EXPRA Response Paper on the revision of the Waste Framework Directive

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Monthly Newsletter, January 2014

This time with some national stories of EXPRA members

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Expra consultation to the topic.

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The undersigned associations strongly believe that the Triman measure fragments the internal market, is a barrier to trade, is more strict than necessary and is not proportionate to meet the objective being pursued. Document to download

This document follows the work carried out for the European Commission by BIO Intelligence Service, assisted by Arcadis (Belgium), UBA (Austria), Ecologic (Germany) and IEEP (United Kingdom), consisting in the analysis and comparison of 36 Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes in the EU (on Packaging, EEE, B&A, Oils, Graphic Paper and Vehicles).

View the paper, which contains best practices for successful Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) for packaging. These rules aim to support the goals of obliged companies in their sustainability policy and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and should be incorporated in the forthcoming revision of the EU Waste Legislation on Packaging and Packaging Waste.

 

Monthly Newsletter, November 2013

This newsletter will give you a glimpse of EXPRA’s activities in Brussels and beyond over the past month.

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In early June, a public consultation by Eunomia on the review of EU Waste Targets was launched. The project aims to contribute to the best solutions for the targets of the EU Waste Framework Directive, Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and Landfill Directive. It responds both to the review clauses of these directives, but also aims to put the directives more in line with EU resource efficiency ambitions.

The consultation includes sections on:

  • WFD (key issues, suggestions for revision)
  • Landfill directive (key issues, suggestions for revision)
  • PPWD (key issues, suggestions for revision)
  • Consultation Regarding the Aspirations of the Roadmap to a Resource Efficient Europe
  • Targets as a Tool in EU waste Legislation

The consultation includes separate sections on the three directives, asking questions about these, but also includes questions related to the aspirational targets from the Resource Efficiency Roadmap. The consultation will be open until 10 September 2013. EXPRA will take part in the consultation.

Additional information and the online questionnaire are available here.

The consultation period following the publication of the Commission’s Green Paper on Plastic Waste closed on 7 June. EXPRA submitted its contribution to the public consultation welcoming the Commission’s Green Paper and the opportunity provided to stakeholder and citizens to take part in the EU discussion on ways to improve the management of plastic waste in Europe.  

The response provides EXPRA’s views on the 26 questions in the Green Paper, touching upon issues such as recycling and recovery targets, marine litter and how to achieve greater recycling rates. Emphasis is also placed on the importance of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in the context of plastic waste and that, moving forward, it will also be important to focus on efforts in the field of non-packaging plastic, through measures in fields including EPR and reinforced recycling targets.

The contributions to the public consultation are now being analysed and will feed into the ongoing work under the Waste Policy Review and further policy action in 2014.