EPR and textiles: The role for EPR in the new requirements on separate collection of textiles

From 04 October 2018 12:00 until 04 October 2018 14:00

With the recently adopted EU waste package Member States must assume important new obligations. These include ambitious recycling and landfill-reduction targets for 2030/2035, mandatory waste prevention measures and reinforced rules on separate collection of waste. With regards to selective collections schemes, Member States shall in particular ensure that by 01 January 2025 separate collection schemes are set up for textile waste produced by households. The new obligations have to be transposed in the national legislation within a 2-year period.

So far in the EU there is rather limited experience with separate collection of textiles as only 15 – 20 % are separately collected while the vast majority ends being landfilled or incinerated1. Furthermore, there are large differences among the different Member States in terms of how they manage this waste stream and the preformances they have. Apart from France – where a nationwide mandatory EPR scheme for textile products has been in place since 2008 –initiatives are scattered and mostly driven by charities or individual brand owners. If Member States are to successfully fulfill their new waste obligations, a more systemic and comprehensive approach and more involvment from public authorities will be needed to find effective solutions.

This EPR Club lunch debate hosted by ACR+ discussed the current situation and explored potential solutions, with a particular focus on the role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) as a key instrument to help implement the requirement of separate collection of textiles in the new EU waste legislation. The lunch debate adressed the following questions among others: How to finance the setting up of separate textile collection? What system set-up can support reuse of textiles? What are the economically viable models to address both aspects?

Presentations are available on the EPR Club website for ACR+ and EPR Club members.

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