The APSRG is delighted that the Commission will revise legislative proposals on waste to establish more harmonised rules to determine when a secondary raw material should no longer be legally considered as ‘waste’ by clarifying existing rules on ‘end-of-waste’. This will provide operators with more certainty and a level playing field. As identified in the APSRG report Triple Win (2014), this will also significant and positive impact on the remanufacturing industry. Products with potential to be remanufactured are often classified as waste, resulting in some remanufacturers being unable to use or access these products for remanufacture due to permitting reasons. These revisions should overcome this issue.
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APSRG Manager Laura Owen last week addressed Europe's inaugural waste furniture conference, FurniRec. Held in Deauville, France, the conference brought together leading figures from across the furniture manufacturing and waste industries.
Drawing on evidence from the APSRG's two in-depth research inquiries into remanufacturing, Laura called for EU governments to put the '4th 'R'' - remanufacturing - alongside recovery, recycling and reuse at the centre of the waste hierarchy.
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