Environmental compliance… the latest developments

What are the latest developments concerning environmental legislation globally? We’ve picked out some highlights for you for December 2021.

Revision of the EU Packaging Directive further delayed

The European Commission has let it be known that the proposal for the revision of the EU Packaging Directive will probably not be published until the second quarter of 2022. The initial plan was to present the proposal this year. Then, publication was postponed until the first quarter of 2022.

With the revision, the Commission wants to update the packaging essential requirements, among others, to improve recycling and increase the uptake of secondary raw materials. The Commission’s proposal will be based on a study compiled by the consultancy firm Eunomia. Landbell Group has given its comments on this study.

Council and Parliament continue work on Battery Regulation

Work on the new EU Battery Regulation is making progress – both in the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament.

In Parliament, the regulation is almost at its final stage. After the responsible rapporteur, Simona Bonafé, presented her draft report in September, all other members of the leading Environment Committee had the opportunity to submit their comments.

In total, there are almost 1,500 amendments to the Commission’s proposal. Parliamentarians see a need for improvement especially in Chapter VII on End-of-Life Management of Batteries, which regulates extended producer responsibility.

Parliamentarians also took up some proposals from Landbell Group company European Recycling Platform (ERP): for example, regarding the definition of portable batteries or the introduction of cross-border enforcement networks.

The same applies to ERP’s proposal to calculate the collection rate for waste portable batteries according to the ‘available for collection’ method. The vote on the amendments in the leading committee ENVI is scheduled for the end of January.

In Council, the discussions are likely to take a little longer. The reason for this might be that most Member States favour a dual legal base allowing certain flexibility in the implementation of Chapter VII on End-of-Life Requirements. Thus, the final negotiations will fall to the French presidency, which starts on 1 January.

Nevertheless, member states have already begun to come up with proposals for amendments. Again, the corresponding draft documents contain some proposals that were put forward by ERP: for example,  a distinction between national and EU-wide authorised representatives and extending the market surveillance provisions to those of Chapter VII.

ERP will continue to engage in the legislative process, proposing amendments, providing justifications resulting from its operational experience, and discussing these with the institutions.

European Commission to combat online freeriding

The European Commission wants to combat freeriding by improving compliance with extended producer responsibility (EPR) obligations for online sales. To this end, it has commissioned a study from the consultancy firm Eunomia to assess the scale of the freeriding problem and to identify regulatory measures to improve the situation.

A stricter enforcement framework that addresses distance sales is also a priority from article 8a (5) of the EU Waste Framework Directive for Member States to be transposed by January 2023.

At the beginning of November, the first results of the study were presented and discussed with over a hundred stakeholders at an online workshop in which Landbell Group took part. The focus of the discussion was on the list of regulatory measures developed by Eunomia.

Among other things, the consultants propose better harmonization of requirements among Member States including a European register (or at least single national registers) covering all waste streams to reduce complexity for online shops.

In addition, online marketplaces would be obliged to inform their sellers of their EPR obligations and to crosscheck whether their information matches that of the register.

The final study is to be published in March. It is still to be seen when – and in what form – its results will translate into concrete legislative action.

Waste shipment within the EU to become easier

The European Commission has published a proposal to revise the Waste Shipment Regulation. The aim of the revision is to facilitate the transport of waste for recycling and reuse within the European Union and thus accelerate the transition to a circular economy. Exports to third countries, on the other hand, are to be further restricted.

The Commission’s proposal includes the following measures:

In parallel with the publication of the proposed regulation, the Commission has launched a public consultation, which will run until 17 January. After that, discussions will continue in the European Council and the European Parliament.

New regulations for bioplastics planned

The European Commission is working on a new legal framework for biobased, biodegradable and compostable plastics. The aim is to close gaps in the current legislation and to harmonise regulations across member states. In addition, the Commission wants to ensure that these materials contribute to climate neutrality and the circular economy.

In its roadmap for this initiative, the Commission is considering implementing the following measures:

So far, the terms “biobased”, “biodegradable” and “compostable” are not sufficiently clearly defined, which causes confusion, not least among consumers. In addition, there is a lack of clear sustainability requirements that consider the entire life cycle of these materials.

A concrete legislative proposal is expected for the second quarter of 2022.

Landbell Group company, European Recycling Platform (ERP) participated in the stakeholder consultation, agreeing with the need to set better rules for these materials.

What else

Making the most of the resources in electronics

Training recyclers on how to manage batteries and e-waste plastics

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The art of waste

Spanish artists show us the impact of the linear economy

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e-Waste is everybody’s problem

The e-Waste Summit 2021 makes clear that joint effort is needed to stop e-waste

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Recycling batteries becomes easier

Standardised logo for battery collection points in Germany

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Your company can be a winner, too!

The Green Alley Award finalists help your business overcome three sustainability challenges

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German WEEE law amended

New obligations for online retailers, online marketplace operators and fulfillment service providers

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Focus on… Switzerland

Please note that the Swiss WEEE regulation now covers all electrical and electronic devices

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Stop searching…

Landbell Group’s new online information service for EPR does the hard work for you!

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Meet Wojtek, Konny and Nick at the E-Waste World Conference & Expo

Come and meet us at Stand 114 from 30 November to 1 December at the Exhibition Centre in Frankfurt, Germany

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James, Beth and Kevin ‘on the road’ in November

Awarding achievement and communicating changes is essential for safer chemicals

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Why consumer campaigns pay off for companies

Missed collection and recovery targets put added pressure on producers: the public need to play their part

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Don’t be afraid – be aware!

New movie highlights shocking problem of e-waste dumped in forests

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Less than six months until new plastic packaging tax in UK

But ERP UK is ready to help companies be prepared for April 2022

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Focus on… Kenya

Changes for producers as East African country is set to enforce EPR regulations

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Huge project for huge country

Landbell Group to support reduction, reuse and recycling of plastics in India

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800 attendees, one goal: a plastic free world

Landbell Group to speak at biggest conference on reducing plastic waste

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Electrifying clothes: Mode for Recycling!

Another fantastic finale for ERP Poland’s eye-catching environmental campaign

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Helping children to unlock “The Avocado Mystery”

ERP Denmark supports children’s book on sustainable development goals

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Have you met Hermit Leer?

New campaign in Austria to raise awareness among consumers to properly dispose of waste portable batteries

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“They give us opportunity; we give them innovation.”

Interview with Anne Lamp from traceless materials, this year’s Green Alley Award winner

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Focus on… Croatia

New Waste Act makes it easier for producers to comply with EPR obligations

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A big step for Brazil

Brazil is taking its first steps in managing waste electronics and packaging - and we are proud to be accompanying them on this challenging journey 

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Study shows how producers can benefit from competition

A new study from adelphi shows that competition drives innovation, improves services and ensures cost-efficient waste management

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The Green Alley Award: jump on board

Get to know the latest circular economy business ideas… first!

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