The European Commission has unveiled new packaging regulations that will take effect from 2025 and require all packaging used in the bloc to be recyclable by 2030. These requirements, which replace the bloc’s 1994 Packaging and Packaging Waste regulation, will also introduce a single recycling labeling system for the whole of the EU, recycled content targets for plastic packaging, and require that fresh produce labels be biodegradable.
Under the new system, all packaging will be appraised to ensure they have been designed to be recycled, with grades from A to E.
The new regulation will introduce a new pictographic recycling label system that will help consumers to correctly recycle the packaging. Reusable packaging will also have to be labeled with a QR code, and deposit return schemes will be mandatory for plastic bottles and metal cans.
The European Commission said it expected the packaging sector to reach climate neutrality by 2050.