PPWR: Cepi highlights shortcomings of planned EU packaging regulation

The Confederation of the European Paper Industry has issued a response to the European Commission’s legislative proposal for packaging and packaging waste. Cepi feels that the targets set out in the proposed revision are right, but has identified shortcomings in the way that they are implemented. The Commission calls for action to foster multi-use packaging. “If adopted, the reuse targets provided in the Commission proposal will disrupt the highly performant recycling system that the paper and board industry has invested in and committed to further improve,” the Confederation writes. It stressed out that paper-based packaging already had the highest recycling rate within Europe. Cepi is confident that reuse and recycling are complementary and recognises that greater circularity can be achieved by adding reuse systems to the current recycling model. The association cautioned, however, that reuse need not always be the better option in countries with well-functioning recycling schemes and high recycling rates....

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