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EU food contact packaging will completely bid farewell to PFAS and BPA


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2023-11-11

EU food contact packaging will completely bid farewell to PFAS and BPA

On October 24, 2023, the European Commission on the Environment (ENVI) approved a draft regulation on packaging and packaging waste by a vote of 56 in favor, 23 against, and 5 abstentions. This regulation sets out the requirements for the entire packaging lifecycle from raw materials to final disposal, aiming to make packaging easier to recycle and reuse, reduce unnecessary packaging and waste, and promote the use of recycled materials.

 

 

Background:

Packaging manufacturing is an important economic activity in the European Union and also a serious environmental issue. The rapid increase in packaging, coupled with low reuse and recycling rates, hinders the development of a low-carbon circular economy. In recent years, the increase in packaging has exceeded the growth of gross national income, leading to a significant increase in carbon dioxide and other emissions, overexploitation of natural resources, loss of biodiversity, and pollution. The total amount of waste in the European Union has increased from 66 million tons in 2009 to 84 million tons in 2021. In 2021, each European produces 188.7 kilograms of packaging waste annually, and without intervention measures, this number is expected to increase to 209 kilograms by 2030.

 

Summary of regulatory content:

Prohibit the sale of very lightweight plastic bags (less than 15 microns), unless it is an absolutely necessary use;

Prohibit intentional addition of perfluoroalkyl and polyperfluoroalkyl based substances (PFASs) and bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact packaging, which will be implemented within 18 months after the regulations come into effect;

Encourage consumers to choose reusable and reusable packaging;

As of January 1, 2029, EU countries need to ensure that sufficient separate collection systems are established for different types of packaging waste materials in public places, and require an increase in the recycling rate of packaging materials (including plastic, wood, iron metal, aluminum, glass, paper, and cardboard) to 90%;

Online platforms will be constrained by the same extended producer responsibility obligations as producers;

Added per capita emission reduction target for plastic packaging waste: a) Reduce by 10% by 2030; b) Reduce by 15% by 2035; c) Reduce by 20% by 2040.

 

Subsequent:

The House of Representatives will vote on the negotiation authorization during its second plenary session in November 2023.

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