Europe is undergoing a tug-of-war between food & beverage processors and environmental advocates over proposed European Union regulations on consumer packaging.
The EU released Nov. 30 a set of guidelines to overhaul its regulations regarding packaging disposal and reuse. They include goals to reduce overall packaging waste by 5% by 2030 and 20% by 2035, with specific targets for applications like beverages and take-out containers.
The head of FoodDrinkEurope, a processors’ trade group, told Euractiv.com that the directives “are well-intended but regrettably unrealistic without appropriate enabling conditions and could even hamper, rather than enhance, sustainable packaging aims.”
On the other hand, environmental groups decried how the EU scaled back some of its goals after the food & beverage industry reacted to an early draft of the regulations. Examples include eliminating a total ban on expanded polystyrene and scaling back some of the reuse requirements.
The next step is for proposal to be considered by the full European Parliament and EU Council.