2. PPWR developments
Joint Statement on Definition of High-Quality Recycling and Recyclability in the ENVI Report on Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation. Click here to open the joint statement.
A joint effort by FEFPEB,CEI Bois, GROW, EFIC, FPE en EPF, addressed to members of the European Parliament and policy makers by the Task Force PPWR.
The whole FEFPEB membership is also asked to act on your national level and inform the MEP’s on environmental issues and please use the statement and this text.
There is time pressure – voting plenary is this Wednesday - so we call upon your efforts.
“We would like to bring your attention to the joint statement prepared by Fibre Packaging Europe (FPE), the Federation of Wooden Pallets and Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI Bois), GROW International, the European Panel Federation (EPF), and the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) to share our recommendations regarding the ENVI Committee Report adopted on 24 October on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). They represent 57,4% of the packaging waste according to Eurostat.
We are greatly concerned by the new definition of 'high-quality recycling' and ‘recyclability’ in the ENVI Committee Report. We urge that these definitions should not enforce a closed-product-loop recycling approach for all packaging materials. Such a mandate would disrupt the wood packaging and paper-based packaging recycling industry, which successfully transforms packaging waste into products that are made from a renewable material, are useful to society and safe for the consumers, including packaging but not necessarily.
The signatories of this joint statement call for the EU to regulate a ‘material loop’, rather than a ‘closed product loop’. Considering the distinct characteristics of paper and board, wooden packaging, and pallets, we urge to delete the requirement to ‘recycle packaging in the same application or in new packaging’ in the definitions of ‘high quality recycling’ and ‘recyclability’ in Article 3. As a part of the joint statement, we are proposing concrete amendments that address our concerns regarding the text of the report. We would greatly appreciate if you could consider tabling our suggested amendments at the Plenary”