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EC rules out energy recovery

Archiv – Energy recovery from waste incinerators can no longer contribute to meeting waste recovery targets under the EU Packaging Directive, the European Commission has confirmed.Energy recovery from waste incinerators can no longer contribute to meeting waste recovery targets under the EU Packaging Directive, the European Commission has confirmed. This follows a European Court of Justice ruling earlier this year which contended that, since the main objective of a municipal waste incinerator is waste disposal, its EU classification should reflect this role irrespective of whether energy recovery takes place.
The Packaging Directive is currently undergoing a revision and the amended version has been expected to require a minimum of 55% recycling and 60% recovery within three to five years.
As with the Packaging Directive, the End-of-Life Vehicles (ELV) and Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) Directives have been allowing waste incineration with energy recovery to contribute towards recovery targets. In the case of the former, for example, member states are required from January 2006 to reuse or recycle 80% of the average weight of a vehicle while recovering 85%.

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