The Commission has launched an on-line questionnaire to collect relevant data and views on possible EU measures to ensure our waste continues to be treated in a manner which respects the environment, even after it leaves the EU.
The consultation aims to understand stakeholders’ views on certification as a tool to manage the way waste exported from the EU is treated in non-OECD countries. Contributions to the consultation are particularly sought from representatives of raw materials consuming industries and the waste management sector, including SMEs, as well as from NGOs and international, national and sub-national authorities with responsibility for waste shipments. The consultation is open until 17 March 2014 and its results will be used as one of the bases for formulating EU policy in this area.
In 2011 the Commission Communication on commodity markets and raw materials committed to “examine the feasibility of applying a global certification scheme for recycling facilities to the export of waste streams, building on environmentally-sound management criteria”. To this end, a study was commissioned to consider four options: (1) No EU certification scheme, (2) Voluntary EU certification scheme, (3) Mandatory EU certification scheme, (4) Mandatory EU certification scheme including mandatory third-party verification. The results of the study, together with a stakeholder consultation meeting in Brussels on 12 June 2013, indicated that additional investigation into this issue was needed, therefore a consultation was launched.