Industry Coalition Position on the Revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation

The undersigned organisations, representing all levels of the plastics value chain, welcome the proposal for a revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) as an opportunity to facilitate intra-EU shipments with the aim of transitioning to a circular economy and increasing the traceability of plastic waste.

We call on the European Parliament and Council to reinforce the rules on pre-consented status to ensure harmonisation across the EU Member States (MS).

Progressing towards a circular economy represents the greatest opportunity for the plastics value chain in reducing its emissions and supporting the EU’s Green Deal objectives. And in the process will help moving up the waste hierarchy and reduce the usage of largely imported fossil resources. Access to waste at the needed scale and smooth facilitation of shipments of waste for recycling within the European Single Market represent significant challenges in reaching these objectives.