Brussels, 24 October 2023
NMWE welcomes the positive outcome from today’s vote in the ENVI Committee on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation proposal. The policymakers on the committee have recognised important principles underpinning the circular economy and closed loop recycling, and made some much-needed improvements to the initial proposal. As the proposal moves towards a plenary vote and Council deliberation, we state our support for the following ENVI Committee modifications:
We are disappointed to see that complementarity between reuse and closed loop recycling failed to gain the support of the Committee. This would further enable our sector to apply a reuse model where it makes environmental sense, such as in HORECA, and protect systems already delivering high rates of collection and recycling. We continue to advocate for complementarity as a necessary measure to ensure reuse and closed loop recycling are applied most effectively.