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EXPRA welcomes EP call for Extended Producer Responsibility standards within the Circular Economy EXPRA welcomes EP call for Extended Producer Responsibility standards within the Circular Economy

The European Parliament has 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. EPR is an efficient environmental and economic tool that helps to improve recycling and reduce landfilling of products and materials. Its basic feature is that producers assume responsibility for the end of life of their products, which, in turn, creates incentives for eco-design of products and packaging. Within the EPR approach, companies delegate their public service obligations, established by law, to Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs). Through introducing specific EPR criteria, EU waste legislation will therefore help to streamline its implementation. It will also ensure a level playing field for producers, PROs and other actors in the waste management value chain.

EPR as an Economic and Environmental Instrument EPR as an Economic and Environmental Instrument

Author: Joachim Quoden Joachim Quoden, Managing Director of EXPRA, works in various capacities since 22 years in the field of EPR for packaging. Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) can be a strong policy principle in resource management if applied in the appropriate manner. According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), EPR is “an environmental policy approach in which a producer’s responsibility for a product is extended to the post-consumer stage of a product’s life cycle”. This means that companies issuing products on the market are obliged to collect, sort and recycle them, as well as their packaging, once they reached the end of their life cycle. Additionally, these companies should equally consider the product and packaging end-of-life treatment during the design phase.  Over the years, EPR has been applied within the European Union and various countries to different waste streams, including packaging waste at municipal level. This has undoubtedly led to a better environmental performance of packaging given, for instance, increased waste recycling results. Shifting responsibility for packaging waste from taxpayers to producers, and ultimately to consumers, achieves the internalisation of waste management costs into the final price of the product.  Within an EPR scheme, the responsibility of the producer can be tangible, financial and/or informational. The OECD considers the internalisation of external environmental costs as a fundamental aspect in environmental policy design and more specifically of EPR. In the EU, these principles have formally been included into the Waste Framework Directive.

The Recycling Projects of Our Municipalities The Recycling Projects of Our Municipalities

About the works of municipalities we working in collaboration… Tepebaşı Municipality Gripping on Recycling Tepebaşı Municipality established a collection system involving 51 neighborhoods. It is one of the most widespread collection system in Turkey. Recycling For Our Future at Bursa The project of Bursa, Osmangazi Municipality started the project with the motto “Let’s leave a habitable world to our children”. It is widely supported and embraced by the inhabitants. 1058 Tons of Recycling at Yıldırım Yıldırım Municipality recycled 1058 tons of waste in the last 3 months. 1055 tons of this is packaging waste and 3 tons of oil.

The project about the disposal of the pesticide packages The project about the disposal of the pesticide packages

The representatives of Sakarya Agriculture Chamber visited our foundation in order to make consultations about how to dispose the pesticide packages. ÇEVKO representatives shared valuable information regarding to the disposal of the hazardous waste, about both legislation and the application methods. The president of Sakarya Agriculture Chamber Hamdi Şenoğlu said “We see how ordinary waste treated. However, a different approach is necessary in regards to the pesticide waste. We want to take the first steps in Sakarya and stared working on it. As a result of our consultations with our shareholders, there will be a model project and it will provide a sustainable way to solve the ongoing problem. We are here to understand and determine the place of ÇEVKO within this project."

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The Green Dot was first started to be used in Germany between the years 1990 - 1991 for identifying packagings within a special collection system called the Green Dot System. The Green Dot sign started to be used in Germany was furthermore started to be used in France, Austria and Belgium in the forthcoming years. Upon the Green Dot sign becoming widespread in EU member countries, the "Packaging Recovery Organization Europe - PRO Europe" was established in 1995 and the Green Dot became the official sign of the organization. The Green Dot has become an internationally reputable model contributing to the performance of industrial liability of the companies included in the system adopting the "polluter pays" principle. When you see a "Green Dot" sign on a package, this means that a financial contribution has been made for that packaging to the packaging recovery Corporation established in accordance with the principles defined with the EU Regulation numbered 94/62 with regard to packaging and packaging waste. http://www.pro-e.org

Expra...

EXPRA - EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ALLIANCE EXPRA EXTENDED PRODUCER RESPONSIBILITY ALLIANCE, is a non-profit and an umbrella organization founded in 2013 with regard to the recovery of packaging and packaging waste recovery under the obligation of industry. The purpose of the establishment of EXPRA is to become an authorized voice and common platform representing the packaging waste recovery corporations founded and operated by and on behalf of the member marketers. Producer responsibility model is one of the European Union and other political targets in many countries. In more than 30 countries throughout the World, the industry uses the producer responsibility for the collection and enabling the recovery of domestic waste. Today, there are eighteen countries member to EXPRA working pursuant to this objective: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Canada, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and turkey represented by the ÇEVKO Foundation. http://www.expra.eu

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ISWA The International Solid Waste Association  ISWA is a non-profit independent organization working in order to encourage and develop sustainable waste management throughout the World. ISWA, having more than 1000 members from 70 different countries, has a wide and extensive network with regard to solid waste management. ISWA carries out its works with regard to solid waste management projects it has put into practice in order to to encourage and develop sustainable waste management throughout the World in cooperation with many local and international corporations. At ISWA, to which we became a member in 2010 as ÇEVKO Foundation, while we share our knowledge and experience regarding the packaging waste recovery we have been carrying out with success within the framework of Regulation on Packaging Waste Control in Turkey, we also get in touch with ISWA member persons and corporations and act in cooperation with common objectives. http://www.iswa.org