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EC preparing end-of-waste for paper, glass and copper

Europe – The European Commission looks ready to approve end-of-waste criteria for paper, glass and copper this spring, based on recommendations published in its recent Joint Research Centre (JRC) report.

The Commission, which believes the new criteria will boost market confidence and facilitate trade, is expected to agree on final proposals at a meeting of its Technical Adaptation Committee on 4 May.

There appeared to be no obstacles in the way of this major decision, an EC spokesman told website letsrecycle.com. ‘No new end-of-waste criteria have come into force since the metal scrap regulation in October last year,’ he said, adding that member states had been notified of the date by which they must cast their votes.

The JRC report estimates that 80% of glass collected will meet end-of-waste criteria after the appropriate sorting and treatment, excluding glass from commingled waste collectors that is not of sufficient quality. Laminated waste paper is another exception on the draft list. In the copper category, the JRC proposes ceilings of 2-5% for the amount of non-copper materials that can be accepted.

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