GCA Participated in the EU Circular Economy Package Workshop Organized By ÇEVKO
GCA officials participated in the EU Circular Economy Package workshop organized by Environmental Protection and Packaging Waste Recovery and Recycling Foundation (ÇEVKO). It was discussed many important subjects such as supply of raw materials and production processes, management of municipal wastes and packaging, food, construction and demolition wastes, landfills, marine litter, extended producer responsibility principles and financial incentives in the EU Circular Economy Package, which was completed in December 2015 by the EU Commission, at the Workshop.
GCA, which attaches great importance to waste and recycling management processes as a glass packaging producer, participated in the workshop on "EU Circular Economy Package" organized by ÇEVKO on July 17, 2018. Mete İmer, General Secretary of ÇEVKO Foundation, Konca Çalkıvik, General Secretary of Sustainable Development Association (SKD Turkey), Monika Romenska, Corporate Affairs Manager of Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA), officials of the Ministry of Environment and Urban Planning as well as representatives of ÇEVKO Foundation member organizations, executives of various organizations, unions and associations also participated in the workshop.
The EU Circular Economy Package is a structure which sets forth transition from the linear economy including "single-use" processes in the world to the circular economy including "sustainable production - sustainable consumption - recycling" processes in view of the rapidly increasing world population and the limited resources of the world against demands for products and services.
AMENDMENTS REGARDING WASTE MANAGEMENT WERE ADOPTED IN JUNE, 2018
It was discussed many important subjects such as supply of raw materials and production processes, management of municipal wastes and packaging, food, construction and demolition wastes, landfills, marine litter, extended producer responsibility principles and financial incentives in the EU Circular Economy Package, which was completed in December 2015 by the EU Commission, at the Workshop on the EU Circular Economy Package. A series of legal regulations regarding waste management were adopted in June, 2018. Accordingly, one of the important topics of the workshop was "extended producer responsibility". As for the Extended Producer Responsibility, it was emphasized the importance of the applications in which businesses use wastes of each other as resource in terms of the circular economy and it was shared information about "Materials Marketplace" project on this topic initiated by Business World and Sustainable Development Association in Turkey (SKD Turkey).
Turning wastes into resource is one of the most important elements of increasing resource efficiency and heading towards the circular economy. It is aimed to recycle 75% of packaging wastes by 2030 in the EU Circular Economy Package. At the same time, it is envisaged that marine litter will be reduced by at least 25% through the implementation of waste regulations in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the current EU goal on marine litter.
AMENDMENT PROPOSALS OF THE EU COMMISSION FOR PRODUCTION PROCESSES
The Action Plan contained in the Circular Economy Package includes all stages related to the life of the product. These stages include production, consumption, waste management and the secondary raw material market. EU Commission will draw up guidelines on best waste management and resource efficiency practices in the industrial sectors in connection with the waste management in the production processes; will issue guidelines encouraging best practices on mine wastes in order to ensure the recovery of the raw materials, and will define rules on byproducts in the regulations to be amended regarding wastes in order to facilitate industrial symbiosis and to prevent unfair competition on this topic in the EU.