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Packaging and Packaging Waste EU Directive explained.

2nd October 2015

Packaging and Packaging Waste EU Directive explained.

Many of our customers have asked us for more information about the Packaging and Packaging Waste EU Directive and so accordingly we are happy to post this brief synopsis. In addition, embedded in this article are a number of links should you wish to investigate specific areas in more detail.

We hope you find this useful.

Packaging and Packaging Waste EU Directive explained.

In the early 1980’s EU Member States started introducing their own national measures to address the environmental aspects of the management of packaging waste.

The resulting consequence was a divergence of national legislations, which in turn led to a demand for European harmonisation to dispel confusion and poor working practice.

A new Directive 94/62/EC  was created and adopted by EU Member States to provide a high level of environmental protection and to ensure correct functioning of the internal market by avoiding obstacles to trade and distortion and restriction of competition.

This Directive was amended in 2004 to provide clarification about the definition of ‘packaging’ and to increase the targets for recovery and recycling of packaging waste.

The Directive was amended again in 2005 to allow New Member States periods of transition for attaining the agreed recovery and recycling targets.

In 2013, Annex 1 of the Directive was revised in order to provide more clarity by adding to the list of illustrative examples of items that are or are not to be considered as packaging.

The latest revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive occurred on 29th April 2015 with the adoption of Directive (EU) 2015/720 of the European Parliament and of the Council amending Directive 94/62/EC regarding the consumption of lightweight plastic bags.

The European Commission Press Release that introduced the proposal with the link to the draft proposal to reduce the use of plastic bags can be found here on the European Commission website.

The main steps of the revision process can be followed in EUR-Lex or in the Legislative Observatory of the European Parliament along with a memo with questions and answers on the proposal, the Impact Assessment and the executive summary of the impact assessment.

Alongside a number of other waste stream Directives, the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive was subject to review of waste policy and legislation in 2014, covering a review of key targets and related elements and an ex-post evaluation ("fitness check").

We hope this article goes to help explain the latest EU Directive and its latest revisions that have manifested as a result of investigations into plastic bag usage and their waste management.

If you would like to know more about how your company can improve its waste management, simple contact Swiftpak and speak to a member of the sales team who will be happy to discuss possible improvements.

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