“Scrap Must Remain in Europe”

EAA calls for a more ambitious waste policy.

In light of the upcoming review of EU waste legislation, the European Aluminium Association (EAA) calls for higher recycling targets and a phase out of landfilling of end-use recyclable goods. The European aluminium industry would strongly support more ambitious recycling targets and a gradual phasing out of landfilling. Together with better collection schemes and innovative sorting technologies, these are the preconditions for an effective and successful circular economy, states EAA Director General Gerd Götz. And adds: “Bold policy measures are needed to secure the availability of aluminium scrap in Europe, a key resource for increasing recycling rates and one of Europe’s energy security components. We are calling for investment and innovation in the fields of collection and sorting, as well as greater consistency in reporting procedures, clearer definitions of recycling and the recognition of aluminium as a permanent material. Stopping illegal scrap exports and reducing scrap leakage is also essential to reduce Europe’s dependency to resource and energy imports. The first and minimum step would be to set up credible metal scrap export monitoring systems.”

Recycling aluminium saves 95 per cent of the energy needed for primary production. It is economically viable. “Europe is the worldwide leader in this, and to further increase recycling rates scrap must remain as much as possible in Europe,” underlines Götz.