Eco-Design Directive must be published soon and ensure recyclability of products, says FEAD

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The Eco-Design Directive must be a priority for the European Commission and should be published soon, according to FEAD.

The umbrella trade body that brings together European waste management and environmental services trade organisations, wants the European Commission to publish the directive soon as it was a clear action plan for the revised Circular Economy Package.

It also wants to ensure that recyclability and reparability is included in the Eco-Design Directive.

FEAD secretary general Nadine de Greef said: “The Eco-Design Directive work plan for 2015-2017 is an excellent opportunity for Europe to take the lead in smart eco-design and to ensure the success of the transition towards a circular economy.

“Our members are concerned by the necessity to raise awareness on the impact of eco-design choices on the waste management processes. Therefore, it is important to us that durability, reparability and recyclability requirements are established in the coming work plan and that relations between the manufacturing and the waste and resource industry are facilitated and intensified.

“We also wish to highlight the determinant role played by Extended Producer Responsibility schemes in providing incentives for manufacturers to design their products in a recyclable and non-hazardous way. FEAD members are playing an active part in the promotion of circular economy and hope that the new EcoDesign Directive work plan will become a decisive tool for the current package.”