Reuse Quotas and Product Specific Targets for Packaging

01 May 2005

EUROPEN urges the European Commission to ensure proper implementation of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (94/32/EC), in accordance with the EC Treaty.

Our organization maintains that Member States should not create unjustified barriers to trade and distort competition by:

  • adopting mandatory quotas or establishing any other mandatory preference for reusable packaging;
  • setting mandatory targets for reuse, recovery and recycling for packaging of specific product category or sector.

It is not possible to force a sustainable shift in market demand (such as preference for refillables) through legislation.  Consumers determine market trends more strongly than legislation.  Further, when designing legislation, account needs to be taken of the economic interests of economic operators, including consumers.

  • Reuse Quotas and Product Specific Targets for Packaging (electronic copy)

  • 01 May 2005
  • 3 pages, May 2005, free of charge