Packaging Waste – EC Submits Proposed Rules to European Parliament and Council

In a November 30, 2022, news release, the European Commission proposed new EU-wide rules on packaging https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/ip_22_7155 “… to reduce packaging waste by 15% by 2040 … make all packaging on the EU market recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030 … reduce the need for primary natural resources and create a well-functioning market for secondary raw materials … companies will have to offer a certain percentage of their products to consumers in reusable or refillable packaging … certain forms of packaging will be banned, for example single-use packaging for food and beverages when consumed inside restaurants and cafes, single-use packaging for fruits and vegetables … There will also be mandatory rates of recycled content … Biomass used to produce biobased plastics must be sustainably sourced, with no harm to the environment … to fight greenwashing and avoid misleading consumers, producers need to avoid generic claims on plastic products such as ‘bioplastics’ and ‘biobased’ … Products that are likely to be littered … cannot be claimed to be or labelled as biodegradable …” #PlasticWaste #SingleUsePlastic #Recycling #GreenWashing #BioPlastic #BioPlastic #MicroPlastics @EU_Commission