As reported in December 2022, the European Packaging Directive is to be replaced by a Packaging Ordinance.
In contrast to the EU Directive, the EU Regulation would no longer have to be transposed into national law, which is currently the case with the German Packaging Act.
On 27 February 2023, the EU Commission presented the first proposal for a possible new EU packaging regulation. The European Parliament adopted its position on 22 November 2023. The member states will adopt their proposed amendments on 18 December 2023.
The key objectives are:
Avoiding packaging waste by reducing unnecessary packaging, restricting unnecessary packaging and promoting reusable and refillable packaging solutions. This includes, for example, the ban on disposable packaging in restaurants.
Promoting a closed recycling loop in which all packaging on the EU market can be economically recycled by 2030 (e.g. through a deposit system or compostable packaging).
Reducing the demand for primary raw materials through binding quotas for the use of recycled plastics in packaging materials.
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