Revision of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

Revision of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

Revision of the EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

European Parliament adopted new measures to make packaging more sustainable and reduce packaging waste in the EU.


The rules, which have been provisionally agreed on with the Council, include packaging reduction targets (5% by 2030, 10% by 2035 and 15% by 2040) and require EU countries to reduce, in particular, the amount of plastic packaging waste. To reduce unnecessary packaging, a maximum empty space ratio of 50% is set for grouped, transport and e-commerce packaging; manufacturers and importers will also have to ensure that the weight and volume of packaging are minimised.

Certain single use plastic packaging types will be banned from 1 January 2030. These include packaging for unprocessed fresh fruit and vegetables, packaging for foods and beverages filled and consumed in cafés and restaurants, individual portions (for e.g. condiments, sauces, creamer, sugar), accommodation miniature packaging for toiletry products and very lightweight plastic carrier bags (below 15 microns).

To prevent adverse health effects, the text includes a ban on the use of so called “forever chemicals” (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances or PFASs) above certain thresholds in food contact packaging.

The proposed regulation would set out provisionson sustainability (e.g. on substances of concern, recyclability, and mandatory recycled content and packaging minimisation); labelling, marking and information (e.g. on the material composition of packaging); obligationsfor economic operators (e.g. prohibition of certain packaging formats and setting reuse and refill targets); management of packaging and packaging waste (e.g. targets for packaging waste reduction and on deposit and return systems for single-use plastic beverage bottles and metal beverage containers); and green public procurement.

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