PRESS RELEASE: Joint industry statement on references to “state-run producer responsibility organizations” in the PPWR

As technical trialogues concerning Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation progress, more than 20 organizations within the packaging value chain are urging EU legislators to remove references to ‘State-owned Producer Responsibility Organisations’ from the current negotiation text.

This proposed action could compromise the environmental objectives of the PPWR revision by potentially reclassifying EPR fees as a form of taxation. In practical terms, this means there is a risk that fees collected from packaging producers could be allocated to fund the general state budget rather than being reinvested to promote packaging circularity.

Packaging producers remit EPR fees to cover the net costs associated with packaging waste collection, sorting, and recycling. With EPR schemes set to become mandatory for all packaging this year, ensuring the proper administration and reinvestment of EPR fees will be essential in increasing the amount of recycled packaging waste in Europe.

Please find below the joint industry statement from the following organizations:

AIM – European Brands Association
AISE International Association for Soaps, Detergents, and Maintenance Products
EXPRA – Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance
Natural Mineral Waters Europe (NMWE)
UNESDA – Soft Drinks Europe
Plastics Europe
Metal Packaging Europe (MPE)
The Alliance for Beverage Cartons and the Environment

You can read the press release HERE: