CIAA criticises EU packaging directive

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The European food and drink industry has warned against a broad
revision and unrealistic recycling targets for the recycling of
packaging in a recently published report from the Confederation of
the Food and Drink Industries of the EU.

The European food and drink industry has warned against a broad revision and unrealistic recycling targets for the recycling of packaging.

MEPs will vote on the report drafted by MEP Dorette Corbey on the revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive on 3 September. The Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the EU (CIAA), has warned the EC that the revision should be limited to a realistic increase in the recycling and recovery targets, as foreseen by the directive itself.

The CIAA also said that it feels the amendments adopted in the EP Environment Committee at the beginning of July go too far and make the revision over-ambitious and unrealistic.

The CIAA claims that the industry has already made great in-roads towards upping recycling levels in Europe, but that further measures, if introduced too quickly, will put financial strain on the industry.

"For industry, any broader revision of the directive should only be envisaged in a second phase, in the context of a more global analysis,"​ a recently published CIAA report recommends. "The recycling targets should be realistic and should take into account the local conditions in all Member States."

The CIAA is recommends setting a global recycling target of 50 - 70 per cent, to be achieved by 2008.

"Taking into account the differences in the infrastructures and markets within the EU, industry advocates a common recycling target for all materials,"​ the report also said.

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