A key element of the package is the recognition that bio-based recyclable products provide an opportunity for the circular economy and that there are clear benefits deriving from packaging made from recyclable materials.

The reinforcement of the requirements for separate collection, together with the progressive reduction of landfilling, is fundamental for obtaining high quality material for recycling and will boost the market for secondary raw materials.

Retaining the internal market as a legal base for the packaging and packaged goods fully supports the free movement of packaged goods within the EU.

Furthermore, inspirational targets for reducing the generation of food waste in retail and distribution are in line with industry ambitions. Angelika Christ, Secretary General of FEFCO said, “Corrugated packaging is part of the solution and our members already provide fit for purpose packaging to combat food waste”. Paper & board packaging already achieve high rates of recycling, the new paper recycling targets (85% by 2030) will encourage industry to continue its efforts and further contribute to building the circular economy in Europe.

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