On April 24th, the packaging industry reached a significant milestone as Valipac, EXPRA (Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance), and EPRO (European Association of Plastic Recycling and Recovery Organisations) collaborated to host the inaugural seminar focused on commercial and industrial packaging: “EPR-schemes for C&I Packaging: The Future Has Begun!”

In alignment with the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWR), all Member States are required to establish producer responsibility schemes for all packaging by the end of 2024, covering both commercial and industrial packaging. However, with only a few Member States currently having systems in place for C&I packaging, it is crucial to spotlight existing initiatives and exchange best practices.

The successful event drew over 150 participants from more than 30 countries worldwide, emphasizing the global significance and urgency of this conversation. Given the impending deadline to implement an Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) scheme for commercial and industrial (C&I) packaging in all Member States by the end of this year, the urgency to deliberate on this matter was paramount. Achieving harmonization of EPR schemes for C&I packaging across Europe is essential for the industry’s advancement. Our event significantly enhanced our understanding of the diverse approaches, representing a crucial step towards this harmonization.

Notably, the adoption of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation on April 24th, coinciding with our seminar, strengthens the prospect of improved coordination among Member States in the near future, with EPRO and EXPRA serving as ideal platforms for knowledge exchange.

We are not resting on our laurels and are already preparing for a second seminar in October 2024