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MEPs approve law to reduce growing stream of packaging waste

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🗞️ Driving the news: The European Parliament has passed a new Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) that includes binding targets for the reuse, collection, and recycling of packaging, as well as bans on specific disposable plastic items
• The regulation, which has faced intense lobbying and contention, aims to reduce the average 190kg of packaging waste per EU citizen annually by up to 15% by 2040

🔭 The context: The PPWR was nearly blocked last month during inter-governmental negotiations but was ultimately supported by a significant majority in the parliament
• It introduces rigorous measures to combat packaging waste, including mandatory recycling targets and prohibitions on certain disposable plastics starting from 2030

🌍 Why it matters for the planet: This regulation is pivotal for reducing the environmental impact of packaging waste in the EU, focusing on lowering the use of non-renewable resources and enhancing recycling efforts
• By setting ambitious waste reduction and recycling targets, the EU aims to lead in establishing a more sustainable, circular economy

⏭️ What's next: The implementation of the PPWR will see increased recycling rates and the introduction of systems like deposit-return schemes to ensure compliance
• The regulation also mandates that by 2030, almost all packaging must be fully recyclable, setting a high standard for sustainable packaging practices moving forward.

💬 One quote: "By standing behind science, MEPs have embraced a circular single market which promotes reducing the use of non-renewable resources, boosting recycling and protecting the shelf life of food," said Matti Rantanen, director general of the European Paper Packaging Alliance

📈 One stat: "Annual average of nearly 190kg of packaging waste generated per EU citizen."

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