UNESDA statement on the European Parliament’s vote on the proposal for an EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

MEPs send a strong signal in support of circularity of beverage packaging and complementarity of reuse and recycling

The European soft drinks sector, represented by UNESDA Soft Drinks Europe, commends the positive efforts of MEPs, under the leadership of Rapporteur Frédérique Ries, in fostering a circular economy with the creation of some essential enablers through the adoption of their amendments to the draft EU Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR).

Nicholas Hodac, Director General of UNESDA, comments: ‘’We very much appreciate MEPs’ efforts in promoting circularity of beverage packaging by enabling closed-loop recycling, mandating the setting-up of Deposit and Return Systems (DRS) and acknowledging the complementarity of reuse and recycling as well as the role of systems enabling refill. These are critical enablers to turn the theory of circular packaging into practice.’’

The roll-out of DRS across Europe will help boost the collection of beverage packaging and will support its recycling in a closed-loop, something further enabled by the creation of a mechanism of priority access to certain feedstock for recycling through the PPWR.

Then, on reuse, Mr. Hodac states: ‘’While we still have concerns regarding the increased targets without further impact assessment, we are pleased with MEPs’ support for systems enabling refill and the creation of mechanisms that will enable the complementarity of reuse and recycling. This will ensure reusable packaging is introduced where and when it makes the most sense from an environmental perspective.’’

Those mechanisms also recognise the impressive environmental credentials of well-established waste management systems, such as DRS, around Europe.

Members States are expected to adopt their position on the proposed PPWR by the end of the year and UNESDA looks forward to a continued collaboration with decision-makers to build upon these positive developments and ensure that the PPWR will set the industry on the right path towards full circularity of beverage packaging.

 

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