Euroshore Position in short

Euroshore, the association of port reception facilities in Europe and beyond, has seriously invested in the recovery and recycling of oily waste from shipping. In the context of the principles of circular economy, we believe that this recovered oil can be used more sustainably. Moreover, other types of waste, such as metal cans, glass, paper and carton, and different types of plastics are recycled where possible.

Euroshore members are aligned with the EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy as it moves towards resource efficiency, contributing to the development of circular-economy strategies of communities concerned about their waste management. A swift adoption of the legislative package on waste is crucial in the EU Action Plan to kick-start investments into more and better recycling across the EU. Euroshore members support the efforts to treat waste as a potential resource for raw materials. Members demonstrate through best practices, such as financially rewarding clean plastics disposal or recycling waste oils into fuels for shipping or for industrial use, their willingness to respect a product’s whole life cycle.

With our efforts we positively contribute to the goals highlighted in the Climate Change Actions. We contribute to reduce CO2, to minimize the use of raw materials through our recycling efforts and in doing so, we try to reduce our impact on the environment.


In January 2018, the European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package that will stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy, boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth, and generate new jobs.

The Circular Economy Package consists of an EU Action Plan for the Circular Economy that establishes a concrete and ambitious program of action with measures covering the whole cycle - from production over consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials - as well as a revised legislative proposal on waste. The annex to the action plan sets out the timeline when the actions will be completed.

The proposed actions will contribute to "closing the loop" of product lifecycles through greater recycling and re-use, and bring benefits for both the environment and the economy.

The revised legislative proposal on waste sets clear targets for waste reduction and establishes a credible long-term path for waste management and recycling. Key elements of the revised waste proposal include:

  • common EU target for recycling 65% of municipal waste by 2030;
  • common EU target for recycling 75% of packaging waste by 2030;
  • binding landfill target to reduce landfill to maximum of 10% of municipal waste by 2030;
  • ban on landfilling of separately collected waste; promotion of economic instruments to discourage landfilling;
  • simplified and improved definitions and harmonized calculation methods for recycling rates throughout the EU;
  • specific measures to promote re-use and stimulate industrial symbiosis - turning one industry's by-product into another industry's raw material;
  • economic incentives for producers to market greener products and support recovery and recycling schemes, such as for packaging, batteries, electric and electronic equipments, vehicles.

Implementing circular economy principles

Following legislative proposals on waste have been adopted:

Measures of the Action Plan for the Circular Economy include:

Port reception facilities

In the new proposal for a Directive on Port Reception Facilities and cargo residues we clearly see the impact of ideas for circular economy. The new rules on port reception facilities for delivery of waste from ships will particularly influence the maritime sector. They address sea-based sources of marine litter - including plastic household waste from ships and derelict fishing gear - with measures to ensure that this waste is not discharged at sea, but landed in ports to adequate waste reception facilities. Other measures intend to reduce administrative burdens on ports, ships and authorities by better alignment with the international legal framework.

The shift in waste management is closely linked to EU waste legislation. Key piece of legislation is the Waste Framework Directive (WFD). It outlines a waste management hierarchy: starting with prevention, followed by preparing for re-use, recycling, recovery and ending with disposal. It aims to prevent waste generation as much as possible, to use waste as a resource, and to minimize the amount of waste for landfill.

Prevention of waste, an issue for better waste management on board of vessels, is the shipowner’s responsibility and can be accomplished through smarter purchase of supplies and spares for crews and engine rooms , such as concluding contracts with suppliers who take back the empty package waste. However, with most officers and rates being non-EU nationalities, prevention of waste is a real challenge. Euroshore members, being specialist companies collecting and treating waste, know that waste is a resource. When certain fractions of waste are well segregated, waste can be re-used, recycled, and - in case of incineration - the energy can be recovered.

Many of our members have set up initiatives to recycle waste. Oily waste is recovered and recycled in such a way that it can be used as fuel for shipping or for industrial use. Paper and carton are recycled. Some ports have set up rewarding schemes for delivery of clean plastics which can be easily recycled in plastics again. And incineration with energy recovery is a valuable solution for mixed waste delivery.

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Sophie Delair, Secretary General