What is Design for Recycling about?
Recycling is not just a mainstream movement, but an essential element of any successful circular economy, and more and more defined by legal framework parameters too. In the wake of the European Commission’s Green Deal, the Ecodesign Directive is not only expanded in scope to many industrial products, but also revised in content. It has already been announced that dedicated specifications will also be set for product recyclability. This means that products can no longer be marketed without proving specific recycling quotas in future.
The lawmakers have furthermore learned from the implementation of the new Waste Framework Directive that the need to file reports in central, publicly accessible registers can exert significant pressure on companies to implement the corresponding regulations too (see SCIP report to ECHA). A similar requirement is full disclosure of the quota calculation. With this, the Commission wants to prevent possible greenwashing by competing companies.
What are the resulting tasks?