With the 16th October 2020 decree of the Minister of the Environment, in agreement with the Minister of Economic Development, the statute of “Biorepack – the Italian National Consortium for the organic recycling of biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging” was approved. Biorepack is part of the CONAI system as a new consortium for the end-of-life management of biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging collected with the organic fraction of waste and transformed, with specific industrial treatment, into compost.

The new consortium is joined by:

  • producers / importers of biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging materials (“Producers”);
  • manufacturers / converters of biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging and / or related semi-finished products, including importers of empty biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging and / or related semi-finished products (“Transformers”).

As proposed by Biorepack, in March 2021, CONAIhas redetermined the environmental contribution for all bioplastic packaging.

It will be reduced to EUR 294/ton starting from 1 July 2021.

Therefore, for the first time in Europe, an extended producer responsibility system has created a consortium to promote biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging with an ad hoc environmental contribution.

The new environmental contribution for bioplastic packaging, decided just over three months from the official recognition of Biorepack, is the result of intense and very productive work“, says CONAI President Luca Ruini.It represents a step towards the development of the new consortium, which will allow to optimise the recycling process of biodegradable and compostable packaging within the organic waste chain. This is its natural course”.

An excellent teamwork between Biorepack and CONAI allowed to achieve this very important result, which brings benefit to the entire system and confirms the value of organic recycling”, says Marco Versari, President of Biorepack. “Thanks to the integration between new materials, and collection and treatment technologies, we are the European country with the most efficient organic fraction management system, a real model of bioeconomy able to offer concrete solutions in the name of circularity of resources and sustainable development“.

For questions and further information, you can consult the website www.conai.org or www.biorepack.org or contact the toll-free number CONAI 800337799 (available in Italy).

Biodegradable and compostable plastic packaging is certified and compliant with harmonised UNI EN 13432:2002 by accredited bodies.