The European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules on packaging, in the form of an EU Regulation, replacing the existing Directive.
The new Regulation has three main objectives:
(1) to prevent the generation of packaging waste: reduce it in quantity, restrict unnecessary packaging and promote reusable and refillable packaging solutions.
(2) to boost high quality (‘closed loop’) recycling: make all packaging on the EU market recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030.
(3) to reduce the need for primary natural resources and create a well-functioning market for secondary raw materials, increasing the use of recycled plastics in packaging through mandatory targets.
The proposal on packaging and packaging waste will now be considered by the European Parliament and the Council.