European Parliament Upgrades Packaging Recyclability Rules, Betting on Recycled Plastic Content

Today, the European Parliament adopted its negotiating position on the Commission proposal for a Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste (PPWR). Guido Aufdemkamp, Executive Director of Flexible Packaging Europe, welcomed the improvements on several points of the Commission’s original proposal, such as clearer deadlines for recyclability requirements and exemptions from specific reuse targets for flexible transport packaging used in direct contact with food.

However, parts of the Parliament’s PPWR text still remain challenging, namely the new ban on Grade D recyclability performance grade which could have a significant impact on different packaging formats. Additionally, Member States will only have to collect packaging separately on a voluntary basis, and there are no proper safeguard clauses to avoid risks of potential lack of availability of recycled plastics or adverse effects on human or animal health, security of food supply or the environment.

Commenting on the development, Guido Aufdemkamp said: “PPWR signifies a great opportunity to scale up circularity and lower the total environmental impacts of production and consumption of packaging and packaged goods by minimizing the resources used and boosting recyclability.” He added that the industry is looking forward to the next steps of the legislative process, particularly the Council General Approach, due to be adopted by the end of the year.

Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) is the industry association representing the interests of more than 80 small, medium-sized companies, and multinational manufacturers that operate with a workforce of 57,000+ people at more than 350 sites all over Europe. The member companies account for more than 85% of European sales of flexible packaging made of different materials, mainly plastics, aluminium, and paper.

Patrick Altenstrasser, Manager Communications at FPE, said: “We look forward to continuing to share our expertise with policy makers and support them in achieving an ambitious and enforceable agreement on the PPWR.”

The European Parliament has adopted its negotiating position on the Commission proposal for a Regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste (PPWR). Flexible Packaging Europe (FPE) has welcomed the improvements on several points of the Commission’s original proposal, but has noted parts of the Parliament’s PPWR text which remain challenging.

Guido Aufdemkamp, Executive Director of Flexible Packaging Europe, commented: “PPWR signifies a great opportunity to scale up circularity and lower the total environmental impacts of production and consumption of packaging and packaged goods by minimizing the resources used and boosting recyclability.”

FPE is the industry association representing the interests of small, medium-sized companies, and multinational manufacturers utilising a workforce of 57,000+ people at more than 350 sites all over Europe. The member companies account for more than 85% of European sales of flexible packaging made of different materials.

Patrick Altenstrasser, Manager Communications at FPE, said: “We look forward to continuing to share our expertise with policy makers and support them in achieving an ambitious and enforceable agreement on the PPWR.”

The industry is now awaiting the Council General Approach, due to be adopted by the end of the year.

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