FEAD calls for free movement of mixed plastic waste within the EU

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the amendment means mixed, unrecyclable and contaminated plastic waste exports will have to be consented to by importing counties

European waste management body FEAD has called for the continued free movement of shipping plastic waste within the EU.

This is in reaction to the changes to the Basel Convention, an international treaty which governs how waste is moved around the world.

The amendment, put forward by Norway, means mixed, unrecyclable and contaminated plastic waste exports will have to be consented to by importing countries.

This aims to stop plastic dumping in developing countries.

Jim Puckett, director of the convention’s environmental watchdog Basel Action Network (BAN), said: “We have taken a major first step to stem the tide of plastic waste now flowing from the rich developed countries to developing countries in Africa and Asia, all in the name of ‘recycling’, but causing massive and harmful pollution, both on land and in the sea."

Yet the FEAD has criticised the amendment arguing that constraining free movement of mixed plastic waste could jeopardise effective treatment of plastics.

In a statement, it said: “The EU legislation in the area of circular economy provides for some of the highest environmental standards in the area of plastic recycling and recovery.

“Trading mixed plastic wastes allows stakeholders in different Member States to participate in the recycling supply chain.

“The continued free movement of non-hazardous plastic waste in the EU will ensure that waste is treated where it makes the most sense both economically, and from the perspective of environmental protection.”


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