New EU guidelines for packaging and packaging waste

Parliament members will debate new EU guidelines to make packaging simpler to reuse and recycle, to scale back pointless packaging and waste, and to encourage using recycled content material.

These new guidelines on packaging and packaging waste would ban the sale of very mild weight plastic provider luggage, except required for hygiene causes and using deliberately added so-called eternally chemical substances (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances or PFASs) and Bisphenol A in meals contact packaging. In addition, they might reinforce the choice for shoppers to have the ability to carry their very own container for take-away meals and drinks.

In 2018, packaging generated a turnover of €355 billion within the EU. It is an ever-increasing supply of waste, the EU complete having elevated from 66 million tonnes in 2009 to 84 million tonnes in 2021. In 2021, every European generated a median of 188.7 kilos of packaging waste a 12 months, a determine that’s anticipated to extend to 209 kilos in 2030 with out extra measures.