The issue of clothing waste in Spain 

The Collective Systems of Extended Producer Responsibility (SCRAP) is set to start working after legal firm Anderson was selected to launch the project dedicated to extended producer responsibility in Spain, as reported by Modaes. 

The association for the management of textile waste – initiated by Mango, Inditex, Tendam, H&M, Decathlon, Kiabi and IKEA to comply with the extended producer responsibility – awarded the project to Anderson because of its extensive experience in environmental matters, particularly in “design and implementation of collective systems of extended producer responsibility.” 

SCRAP was created as a response to the extended producer responsibility regulation, which establishes that the entity responsible for placing a product on the market must also assume responsibility for those products once they become waste. 

Anderson will collaborate with technical consultancy Enclave Ambiental and IT consultancy Pronet ISE to complete the project, which will last until April 2025. Anderson Global is a network of consulting firms offering legal and tax services. 

While the SCRAP project is yet to define its governance bodies, it has been confirmed that the presidency will rotate, starting with Mango. 

Similar collaborative models have existed for years in other countries, also driven by legislation. In France, the first fashion association of its kind was created in 2008, called Refashion. 

In Spain, the closest reference is Ecoembes – the collaboration set up in 1996 to comply with packaging responsibilities, which included industry giants such as Tetra Pak, L’OReal, Pepsico and Carrefour. 

While there are some absentees in the textile SCRAP such as Primark, El Corte Inglés, Carrefour, Lidl and Alcampo (some of the largest fashion distributors in Spain), they could create their own group or comply with regulations individually. 

The legislation for waste and contaminated soils allows a three year timeframe for industries to develop their extended producer responsibility regimes for textiles, furniture and furnishings, and plastics for agricultural use. Brands will be responsible for items when customers no longer need or want them, including collection, separation and processing for reuse. Producers are also responsible for informing consumers of collection systems and encouraging their use.


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