Interseroh secondary resources trading:Support for FEAD's call to the European Commission to protect confidentiality in cross-border secondary resources trading
The Managing Director Europe of ISR Interseroh Rohstoffe GmbH, Dr. Eric Bernhard, explained:"From FEAD's and Interseroh's point of view, EC Regulation No. 1013/2006 on Shipments of Waste poses a risk for international trading with important secondary resources, which had been working without any problems for many years. Driven by worldwide demand, trade of recovered paper, steel and metal scrap, recovered plastics, recovered wood and other secondary resources is increasingly global. To regulate the trade of these valuable materials as if they were typical waste products which would need to be carefully monitored does no longer reflect their character as globally demanded secondary resources. "Paper mills and textile manufacturers are not waste recycling plants, but rather manufacturers of new products made of secondary resources, such as recovered paper and PET bottles, which are in demand globally and have been trading at positive prices for a long time", says Dr. Bernhard.
Dr. Bernhard, responsible for Interseroh group's European activities in recovered paper, plastics and wood, criticised in particular the "Annex VII" of the regulation, which, as a legally binding document, requires full traceability of the entire transport chain for the final customer in the case of recovered paper shipments. According to Dr. Bernhard, this represents a clear danger to confidential supplier relationships. The publication of confidential supplier relationships along the entire supply chain is in no way acceptable and is opposed by Interseroh, as well as by FEAD.
The current initiatives within the member states to develop their own national regulation for the local application of this Annex VII, aiming at protecting the interests of individual supply chain participants at the national level, are impractical within the common and de-facto borderless market. It contradicts the goal of free trade and would permanently counteract the desired developments of resource- and climate-friendly industries.
National legislation such as in Italy, where recovered paper, which had been traded for years as a "raw material" without any problems, has now been thrown into one pot with other waste products in course of the implementation of the EU regulation, creates additional administrative expense with respect to transportation and export in accordance with Italian law. This deteriorates the cost position in the recycling chain and impedes free trade with secondary resources in Europe and around the world. Dr. Bernhard, also the Chairman of a FEAD-delegation for the negotiations with the European Paper Industry CEPI, emphasizes that, "The established international standards which are binding between the industry associations FEAD, ERPA and CEPI, such as the European norm EN 643 defining the European List of Standard Grades of Recovered Paper and Board, are sufficient instruments for market regulation." The European industry partners can determine quality requirements and adequate impurity limits, acceptable for the usage of legislation.
"FEAD is therefore asking the European Commission for a uniform European legislation, acceptable for all member states", said Dr. Bernhard. The needed legislation needs both to comply with environmental safety requirements - above all with the traceability of its last supplier by each company throughout the supply chain if this information upon demand of official authorities - and to respect the confidentiality requirements of cross-border secondary resources trade Europe-wide and globally.
INTERSEROH Dienstleistungs GmbH
With headquarters in Cologne, over 70 branch locations, and nearly 1,800 employees in Europe the stock-listed Interseroh Group stands for high-quality recycling and modern ecological recycling management. Its tasks include the collection, transport, processing, and recovery of empty packaging, end-of-life products, and scrap metal in several European countries. Interseroh thus assures that valuable secondary raw materials traded world-wide are available to industries for their production activities. In 2007 this totalled approx. 5.8 million tons and the Group generated a turnover of around 1.75 billion euros.
More information on secondary resources and recycling at www.interseroh-isr.com.