MWE Position Paper on Harmonisation of Separate Collection

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Short summary:

As the municipalities of Europe responsible for the collection of Municipal Waste, we have been discussing the concept of harmonising separate collection raised by the Green Deal and the second Circular Economy Action Plan at length. The collection of waste from multiple waste generators is a task which needs to be tailored to each locality, each demographic and each location’s unique climatic requirements. For this reason, waste collection is not something that can be designed at regional, national or supranational level and Municipal Waste Europe members see no benefits in attempting to do so. 

In an effort to facilitate the sorting of waste, Municipal Waste Europe supports and proposes the use of the Nordic Pictogram System for waste sorting, now embraced by all Nordic countries and progressively being taken up by the Baltic states, as a relevant response to the Commission’s aim to harmonise waste sorting. Position paper here.