The proposed revision aims to prevent the production of packaging waste. In addition, the new rules aim to promote reuse or refilling of packaging, and to tackle clearly unnecessary packaging. Furthermore, the proposal aims to make packaging fully recyclable by 2030.
Packaging is needed to protect and transport goods. However, packaging is also a major environmental issue, according to the Commission. The increased use of packaging combined with low reuse and recycling rates hinder the development of a low-carbon circular economy.
The December 2020 Council conclusions welcomed the Commission’s intention to ensure that all packaging is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030 and to reduce packaging, over-packaging and thus packaging waste. On 30 November 2022, the European Commission presented a proposal for a revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.
Content of the proposal
The proposed revision has three main objectives. First, to prevent the generation of packaging waste. Second, to encourage high-quality recycling (“closed-loop”). And finally, reduce the need for primary natural resources and establish a well-functioning market for secondary raw materials by increasing the use of recycled plastics in packaging through binding targets.
The proposal will eliminate confusion over which packaging belongs in which recycling bin. Each packaging item will have a label indicating what the packaging is made of and in which waste stream it should end up. Waste containers will have the same labels. The same symbols will be used across the EU.
ECER dossier – Environment (in Dutch)
European Commission press release
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, read the original message here (in Dutch – the text above is translated by Circular Plastics and we take no responsibility for the translation)
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