Industry News

A call to reconsider the mass balance method for recycled content calculation in SUPD has been made by ENVI

by | Apr 24, 2024

On the 18th of April 2024, Parliament’s ENVI committee voted in favour of a motion that outlined a resolution to the European Commission’s flawed recycled content calculation mass balance method. This vote was hailed by EuRIC and concerns the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD).

The motion was made by rapporteur Jutta Paulus (Greens/EFA) and it was approved with twenty-six to twenty-four votes, meaning it will move forwards to next week’s plenary session.

In the discussions around this movement, it was stated that if a method for calculating recycled content was established under the SUPD and this method focused on the fuel-use exempt model, then it would ultimately set an ‘alarming precedent’ when it comes to other regulations. These concerns fall onto regulations such as packaging, automotive, eco-design and textiles. Further discussions suggested that a calculation method should be created under the framework set out by the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). It was also suggested that chemical recycling should only be considered as a final resort and should only be brought about when mechanical recycling can no longer perform the task effectively.

The reason behind these suggestions is that more than 80% of packaging that falls inside the decision’s scope is manufactured out of PET. This means that chemical recycling cannot be considered an indispensable technology for items such as beverage bottles or future food-contact applications, which do not use non-PET feedstock.

The next steps following this vote, will be for the motion to move forward into next week’s vote and EuRIC has already started to urge lawmakers to ‘widely support the drafting of a resolution opposing the proposed mass balance approach.’ EuRIC are taking this approach due to the fact that this method, if adopted, would lead to ‘significant discrepancies between claimed and actual recycled content’. If this were the case, it would mean that consumers would end up being misled through false green claims and chemical recycling would be unfairly favoured, in comparison to mechanical recycling technologies. Finally, this method would also significantly ‘undermine the SUPD’s core objective’ which is to build towards a circular economy.

Pin It on Pinterest