Their call is supported by deposit and return system (DRS) operators from Sweden and Slovakia, where a priority access principle is already implemented.
Priority access brings several benefits. It promotes closed-loop recycling where technically possible, and it provides manufacturers with reliable access to recycled materials, enabling them to achieve the EU mandatory recycled content targets. It also encourages other sectors to invest in the collection and recycling of their own products, ultimately contributing to a more circular economy.
Anna-Karin Fondberg, Managing Director at Sveriges Bryggerier/ The Swedish Brewers, comments: “We see the true value of having a priority access to recycled content enshrined within the Swedish DRS. This has proven to be a crucial element to secure a consistent supply of recycled content, enabling the industry to meet the EU’s recycled content targets. With this priority access, also our SMEs are in a position to make the necessary investments in recycled content to achieve their recycled content obligations and circularity ambitions.”
Lucia Morvai, Director of External Affairs and Communications of the Slovak DRS Administrator, notes: ‘’A priority access right to recycled material is a fundamental component of the Slovak DRS. This is absolutely necessary to enable a circular economy. It provides the industry with sufficient access to recycled materials to meet the EU’s recycled content targets. SMEs, in particular, have a lot to gain from it, because they have the possibility to comply with the EU’s recycled content obligations, whilst remaining competitive.’’