Waste management strategy

EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY REPORT "EFFECTIVENESS OF PACKAGING WASTE MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS IN SELECTED COUNTRIES : an EEA PILOT STUDY" - April 2006

* PRO EUROPE welcomes the European Environment Agency initiative to evaluate the effectiveness of packaging waste management systems in five EU Member States (Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy and the UK), but believes one of the main limitations of the EEA study is missing data which makes impossible the "comparative evaluation" the study refers to.
* PRO EUROPE believes that waste prevention means much more than weight reduction and would therefore advocate a more effective way of preventing waste which includes actions aimed at protecting products, optimising packaging and returning raw materials and energy to the production process.

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EXTENDED IMPACT ASSESSMENT ON THE THEMATIC STRATEGY ON THE PREVENTION AND RECYCLING OF WASTE - December 2004

PRO EUROPE considers that an optimal waste management strategy from an environmental, economic and social point of view should include a balanced combination of waste prevention, material recycling, energy recovery and disposal options.

Therefore, PRO EUROPE supports a waste policy based upon an evaluation of the environmental impact of the whole life of resources and products.

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EUROPEAN COMMISSION COMMUNICATION ON A THEMATIC STRATEGY ON THE PREVENTION AND RECYCLING OF WASTE - June 2004

PRO EUROPE welcomes the initiative of the European Commission to launch a board debate to obtain the stakeholders' opinion on a future comprehensive strategy for  prevention and recycling of waste.

PRO EUROPE also agrees with the main principles to achieve minimizing environmental impact of waste addressed in this Strategy.

Finally, PRO EUROPE considers that the developing of a market for secondary raw materials is a key issue that could determine the success or failure of a waste strategy.

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