Initial vote on PPWR signals relief for policymakers


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Brussels, 24 October – The environmental network Zero Waste Europe has called the latest ENVI Committee round of voting on the heavily-lobbied Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) a ‘relief for policymakers’, while noting the result deviates from the Commission’s original proposal.

Aline Maigret, Head of Policy at Zero Waste Europe states:

“While the text has been considerably diluted from the Commission’s original proposal, we believe this represents the best outcome we can attain at this point in time. Zero Waste Europe welcomes the adoption of the Rapporteur’s compromise amendments today, and commend MEP Ries for upholding the integrity of this bill.”

Following the adoption of compromise amendments 10 and 12 on reuse and single-use packaging, a round of applause made its way around the room, signalling relief for the policymakers involved. With the adoption of reuse targets in compromise amendment 10, it is proposed that 50% of large household appliances packaging from economic operators including online platforms should be reusable. The fight to include cardboard within these reuse targets is a notable step in the direction of refining reuse policies.

Joan Marc Simon, Director-Founder of Zero Waste Europe states:

“For the first time in European packaging legislation, prevention and reuse are given a chance. The ENVI Committee’s decision allows for systemic solutions which can deliver on the ultimate purpose of this revision: reduce packaging waste.”

Compromise amendment 12 passed, setting restrictions on the sale of single-use packaging, and sets forth a ban on all single-use packaging in restaurants, preventing material substitution.

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