The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment (ACE) UK, has welcomed the release of a draft report from Simona Bonafè the European Parliament’s lead MEP on the Circular Economy, recommending waste legislation aimed at boosting the use of renewable materials.
The report contains proposals to encourage the use of bio-based packaging, recommending legislative action requiring Member States to take measures such as ‘improving market conditions’ and ‘reviewing existing legislation hampering’ bio-based packaging.
Richard Hands, Chief Executive of ACE UK, which represents carton manufacturers Tetra Pak, Elopak and SIG Combibloc, said: “We have long believed that the Commission’s Circular Economy proposals should be strengthened to encourage the use of renewable resources, such as wood fibre, which play a vital role in helping Europe to reduce carbon and be less dependent on valuable non-renewable resources.”
Material reuse and recycling at end-of-life usually take centre stage in the debate around the Circular Economy – overlooking the role that responsibly-sourced raw materials can play at the beginning of a product’s lifecycle.
“The value of renewable materials, and their potential for the future, has not previously been properly reflected in the debate, so we very much welcome the report’s emphasis on incentivising the use of renewable, bio-based sources in packaging materials. This is a significant step forward from the policy intentions of the European Commission’s Circular Economy Action Plan”, adds Hands.
The report also includes a proposal to increase separate collection and sorting of all packaging waste, and to reduce landfill by 2030 to 5%.
“Again this is something we welcome and sends a strong signal that all packaging that is recyclable should be recycled,” concludes Hands.
Beverage carton recycling in the UK