THE EUROPEAN COMMITTEE OF THE REGIONS
- points out that textiles have on average the fourth highest negative impact on the climate and the environment, after food, housing and mobility. In 2020, textiles were responsible for the third highest impact on water and land use, and the fifth highest for the use of raw materials and greenhouse gas emissions;
- welcomes the fact that the separate collection of textiles will be mandatory for all waste producers by January 2025;
- proposes to move from an extractive, linear production system to a regenerative, circular model, and LRAs are crucial in this transition, in particular of a) municipalities and local actors such as social enterprises, collectors and civil society organisations with regard to collection, repair and reuse systems, b) regions through their support to municipalities in their tasks, and c) the private sector as a driver for research and innovation processes;
- points out that the effectiveness of local systems for the collection of textile waste remains a key challenge and stresses that the total cost of collecting, separating and recycling this waste must be less than the costs relating to managing household waste, in order to encourage an effective circular transition of the sector;
- calls for the introduction of mandatory minimum Green Public Procurement criteria and calls on the Member States to regulate Green Public Procurement by means of action plans or national strategies; underlines that exchanges of local and regional knowledge and good practices are necessary in order to promote and facilitate their more comprehensive and widespread implementation.