This was the programme of FACHPACK 2019
25 Years Packaging and Environment in Europe: No Time Left to Waste
Twenty-five years ago, on 20 December 1994 the European Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste 94/62/EC was published.
The Directive set macro-targets (%) for the amount of emptied packaging to be recycled, recovered or composted. Micro-targets (for each pack) were set through essential requirements, given in a special Annex.
The essential requirements are compulsory at product level and aim i.a.
a) to limit the weight and/or volume of packaging to a minimum in order to meet the required level of safety, hygiene and acceptability for consumers, and b) to design reusable or recoverable packaging.
At the age of 24 (in the year 2018), Europe decided to do an update. Directive (EU) 2018/852 amends Directive 94/62/EC and contains updated measures designed
a) to prevent the production of packaging waste, and b) to promote the reuse, recycling and other forms of recovering of packaging waste, instead of its final disposal, thus contributing to the transition towards a circular economy.
We will analyse where the original Directive has been successful and where less so. Additionally the NVC PUMA Project will be referenced, striving to make an end to packaging as an environmental issue worldwide. Finally we will derive key effects of the 2018 amendments on the packaging business community in Europe and abroad.
--- Date: 24.09.2019 Time: 12:10 - 12:30 Location: PackBox Forum, Hall 7, stand 7-354