Circular economy

Plastic packaging: EUROPEN’s recommendations to Europe

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Sector associations are launching proposals to improve the Circular Economy Package.

Several recommendations and proposals for circular economy: these were the main points of a joint statement presented to the EU Commission by the European Organization for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN), together with other 35 associations* representing the plastic packaging chain.

The aim of EUROPEN’s requests is an ambitious and long-term European political framework able to support a sustainable use of resources with an eye for their whole life cycle, fund economies of scale and consider value chains at all levels.

“Our proposals aim at reinforcing the current EU policy framework, preserving the environment and re-launching European competitiveness, quality jobs and sustainable growth – says EUROPEN’s chairman Martin Reynolds – Packaging plays a central role in a circular economy by optimising resource use and minimising product waste. We call on the EU to recognise its cross-sectoral function by preserving a full life-cycle approach in legislation, since packaging is intrinsically connected to the product it contains and its value chain.”

The joint recommendations request the EU Parliament and Council to guarantee that the Circular Economy Package fulfils the following requisites:

  • Safeguarding the free movement of packaging and packaged goods in Teh EU Internal Market
  • Having a complete life-cycle approach
  • Strengthening the European legal framework concerning EPR (Extended Producer Responsibility)
  • Avoiding legislative confusion and national measures that distort the Internal Market
  • Setting realistic and achievable targets based on clear rules and calculation methodologies.

*1 ACE – The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment; AGVU – Arbeitsgemeinschaft Verpackung und Umwelt e.V., Germany; AIM – European Brands Association; A.I.S.E. – The International Association for Soaps; Detergents and Maintenance Products; ARA – Altstoff Recycling Austria AG Packaging Compliance Scheme, Austria; ARAM – Romanian Association for Packaging and the Environment; BIHPAK – Bosnia and Herzegovina Association for Packaging & Packaging Waste Management; CEPI – Confederation of European Paper Industries; CICPEN – Czech Industrial Coalition on Packaging and the Environment; CITPA – International Confederation of Paper and Board Converters; Cosmetics Europe – The Personal Care Association; DSD – Der Grüne Punkt Dual System for Packaging Recycling, Germany; Eco-Emballages – Packaging Recovery Association, France; EuPC – European Plastics Converters; EPBA – European Portable Battery Association; European Aluminium; FEA – European Aerosol Federation; FEFCO – European Corrugated Packaging Association; FEVE – The European Container Glass Federation; Flexible Packaging Europe; FoodDrinkEurope; IK- Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen e.V., Germany; INTERGRAF– European Federation for Print and Digital Communication; INCPEN – The Industry Council for Research on Packaging and the Environment, UK; MPE – Metal Packaging Europe; Miljöpack – Trade Industry Group, Sweden; Pack2Go Europe – Europe’s Convenience Food Packaging Association; Pakkaus – Finnish Packaging Association; REKOPOL – Recovery Organisation S.A., Poland; REPAK – Packaging Recovery Organisation, Ireland; Serving Europe – Branded Food and Beverage Service Chains Association; SLICPEN – Slovak Industrial Coalition on Packaging and the Environment; Sociedade Ponto Verde, S.A. – Packaging Recovery Organisation, Portugal; UNESDA – Union of European Soft Drinks Associations; Valpak – Environmental Compliance, Recycling and Sustainability Solutions; UK


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