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Proposed Basel Convention changes threaten textile circular economy efforts

25 April 2024

In a recent joint statement, the governments of Denmark, France and Sweden have urged the European Commission to put forward a draft Council Decision on a common EU proposal to subject textile waste to stricter control mechanisms under the Basel Convention. While their intentions may be to enhance waste management, EuRIC Textiles, the textile reuse and recycling branch of the European Recycling Industries’ Confederation, has major concerns about this approach, which could undermine sustainable textile recycling efforts and stifle the circular economy.