EUROPEN’s new in-depth analysis of official EU data on the evolution of packaging waste rates (1998-2011) demonstrates increases in packaging recycling rates and a steady decline in packaging waste going to landfill in the packaging supply chain.
The analysis, Packaging & Packaging Waste Statistics 1998-2011, shows that packaging recovery and recycling rates in the EU-27 continue to increase, as the amount of used packaging sent for final disposal is declining rapidly.
By the end of 2011, 64 percent of packaging placed on the market in EU-27 was being recycled, largely exceeding the 55 percent minimum recycling target currently set by the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD).
Virginia Janssens, EUROPEN – “The launch of the report is timely for EUROPEN members and stakeholders amid the current European Commission review of the EU targets in the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) and the forthcoming proposals for new EU packaging targets in May 2014”
In the older member states (EU-15), 65 percent of the packaging placed on the market was recycled; 51 percent was recycled in the newer member states (EU-12), but the PPWD targets do not apply to these countries until 2012 or later.
Virginia Janssens, managing director of EUROPEN, said: “The launch of the report is timely for EUROPEN members and stakeholders amid the current European Commission review of the EU targets in the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) and the forthcoming proposals for new EU packaging targets in May 2014. The report’s facts and figures will further inform the discussion and will help to establish achievable targets for all packaging materials”
“One of the key challenges is to bridge the gap between the newer and the older member states in terms of waste management performance. EUROPEN therefore calls for the full implementation and enforcement of EU waste legislation across Europe, and a tailored approach in setting realistic targets for all packaging materials in the revised PPWD. This must take into account current packaging material recycling performance and the Member States’ varying waste management capabilities”.
The PPWD requires member states to establish return, collection and recovery systems for used packaging, which EUROPEN says remains essential for ensuring that packaging, and post-consumer packaging in particular, is collected separately to meet existing and future recycling and recovery targets across the EU.
In order to ensure that recycling rates continue to increase, a revised PPWD should also contain binding minimum requirements for extended producer responsibility (EPR) for packaging waste, as well as harmonised definitions in EU waste legislation, EUROPEN said.
For the full report visit the EUROPEN website.