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FEFPEB comments on review of EU packaging directive

29.10.2020 − 

The European Federation of Wooden Pallet and Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB) is pressing hard for differentiation to be made between the different categories of wooden packaging products within the scope of the upcoming review of the EU packaging directive. In the view of FEFPEB, flat wooden pallets are often of a standardised design and, in many cases, are part of either open or closed pool systems. Wooden packaging such as pallets/pallet boxes, consequently, is ideal for multiple utilisation. Industrial packaging, such as export packaging or wooden boxes, could also be re-used in fact - but these items are usually not part of a closed system. Lightweight wooden packaging, such as vegetable boxes, in contrast, consists of very thin material and can therefore only be re-used once or twice.

At the beginning of August, the EU Commission concluded the impact assessment period set for submitting feedback on their review proposal relating to the packaging directive. By this point in time, a total of 110 comments had been received from associations, companies and other stakeholders in the value-added chain of the packaging industry. The EU Commission intends to present its proposal for amendment to the Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste in the second quarter of 2021. The current fundamental requirements relating to packaging and packaging waste date back to 1994 and, according to the Commission, are no longer in complete conformity with waste hierarchy.

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