Commission Presents Draft Regulation on Circular Economy

The Commission has presented the draft new rules on organic and waste-based fertilisers in the European Union (EU) which will now be discussed in the European Parliament and Council of the EU. The proposed Regulation should significantly ease the access of organic and waste-based fertilisers to the EU single market, bringing them on a level playing field with traditional, non-organic fertilisers. This will create new market opportunities for innovative companies while at the same time reducing waste, energy consumption and environmental damage. The new rules would apply to all types of fertilisers to guarantee the highest levels of soil protection.
The re-use of raw materials that are now disposed of as waste is one of the key principles of the Circular Economy Package adopted by the Commission in December 2015 and discussed in September last year at EuCheMS policy workshop Protecting Endangered Elements.

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