The European Union has published the modifications of the Directives related to circular economy, which will come into effect before June 2020. Among them, the Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste, that has been updated by the Directive 2018/852.

The European Union foresees measures considering that it is necessary to harmonize the various national measures on packaging management and packaging waste, and thus avoid and reduce their environmental impact. The Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste is responsible for implementing some measures in order to guarantee the use of a more sustainable packaging in a future: it establishes that plastic bags cannot be free from March 2018; it will prohibit the commercialization, import and export of one-use plastic utensils from 2020; and it establishes that, from 2030, all the commercialize packaging in EU must be reusable or easily recyclable.

Now, the Official Journal of the European Union has published the modifications of the directives related to circular economy, which will come into effect before June 5th 2020.

  • Directive (EU) 2018/851 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste
  • Directive (EU) 2018/850 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 1999/31/EC on the landfill of waste
  • Directive (EU) 2018/852 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste
  • Directive (EU) 2018/849 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 30 May 2018 amending Directives 2000/53/EC on end-of-life vehicles, 2006/66/EC on batteries and accumulators and waste batteries and accumulators, and 2012/19/EU on waste electrical and electronic equipment.

New measures of the Directive (EU) 2018/852

The modification and update of the Directive has the aim of increasing and improving the measures of recycling of packaging waste, in order to better reflect the ambition of the EU to move towards a circular economy.
Among some of the most noted modifications are:

  • no later than 31 December 2025 a minimum of 65 % by weight of all packaging waste will be recycled;
  • no later than 31 December 2025 the following minimum targets by weight for recycling will be met regarding the following specific materials contained in packaging waste: 50 % of plastic; 25 % of wood; 70 % of ferrous metals; 50 % of aluminium; 70 % of glass; 75 % of paper and cardboard;
  • no later than 31 December 2030 a minimum of 70 % by weight of all packaging waste will be recycled;
  • no later than 31 December 2030 the following minimum targets by weight for recycling will be met regarding the following specific materials contained in packaging waste: 55 % of plastic; 30 % of wood; 80 % of ferrous metals; 60 % of aluminium; 75 % of glass; 85 % of paper and cardboard.

You can consult all the modifications here.

How can transport simulation help to reduce packaging waste?

The number of companies and customers concerned on environmental protection is increasing. The continuous problematic of plastic waste means that packaging and transport services suppliers must be more and more aware of their choices to move towards a more sustainable option that satisfies the needs of their customers.

Packaging waste has a strong impact in the increase of dumping site size worldwide and plastic waste. A company that invests in good and sustainable practices, positively improves its economical and environmental development. This, besides the fact that it generates a good company image, it allows for meeting with the Directive 2018/852 on packaging and packaging waste.

Transport simulation permits knowing the optimum quantity of packaging needed to transport merchandise in a safe way, as well as to guarantee that this cargo arrives in perfect condition to its final consumer. In addition, knowing the necessary quantity of packaging will allow to avoid pack up a product with more film that it needs, that is, over-packaging, that it has as consequence the increase of packaging waste, a strong environmental impact, the increase of costs and a logistical inefficiency.

In order to carry out transport simulation exist equipment developed and designed specifically to simulate in a real way the hazards that goods may suffer during handling and transportation. Safe Load Testing Technologies offers a full range of technological equipment and services to evaluate this packaging behavior during the transport, in line with specific requirement for industry. Furthermore, all of them meet a full range of test standards including ISTA, ASTM, ISO, EN or EUMOS, with the guarantee of maximum reliability and accuracy.