New waste management policies will change the way the EU handles textiles waste. The proposal for a new Waste Framework Directive (WFD) aims to accelerate the development of the separate collection, sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles, in line with the EU Strategy for Sustainable and Circular Textiles and the Circular Economy Action Plan.

The core of the proposal is the introduction of mandatory and harmonised Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) schemes for textiles in EU Member States. The level of producers’ contribution to the schemes will depend on the principle of “eco-modulation”. In addition, the implementation of national EPR schemes also aims to facilitate the implementation of the obligation to collect textiles separately, in line with current legislation.

The proposal would address the issue of illegal exports of textile waste to countries that do not have the capacity to manage textile waste.

The webinar will be an opportunity for stakeholders in the value chain to explain how the sector sees the implementation of the WFD and EPR for textiles in practice.



Moderator: Marie-Jeanne Gaertner, Project and Advocacy Officer, RREUSE

Opening remarks:

Presentation of the Legislative Proposal

  • Vincenzo Gente, Policy Officer, DG ENV B3, From Waste to Resources

Panel discussion:

  • Stephanie Bailly, EPR Project Manager, Decathlon (Retail)
  • Ylva Stjernquist, VP Supply Chain & Sourcing from Renewcell, Sweden (Recycler)
  • Tanja Meeuwsen, Circular Economy Adviser, Branchevereniging Kringloop Nederland (Re-Use operator)
  • More speakers (tbc)


Conclusions by the moderator