Environmental compliance… the latest developments

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

Update on German WEEE and Packaging Law

The German Government has adopted an amendment to the country’s WEEE Law. The goal of the revision is to increase collection to reach the 65% target rate set by the European Union, as well as to strengthen the preparation for reuse of WEEE.

To achieve this goal, the government proposes to expand take-back obligations for distributors. In addition to electrical retailers, food retailers with a sales area of at least 800 square metres, which sell electrical equipment at least several times a year, will be obliged to take back WEEE. The government’s proposal is currently being debated within the country’s upper house before it goes to parliament.

In addition, the government has adopted an amendment to the Packaging Law to transpose certain provisions of the European Single-Use Plastics Directive and the Waste Framework Directive into national law and to strengthen enforcement.

Online marketplaces and fulfilment service providers will have to ensure that retailers are registered with a packaging scheme and manufacturers based outside of Germany will be able to appoint an authorised representative. This proposal still needs to be debated in both the upper house and parliament.

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EPR proposed for sustainable textiles

The European Commission has published the first key points of its planned strategy for sustainable textiles. The strategy aims to make the European textile industry more competitive, sustainable and resilient. The initiative is part of the European Green Deal, the New Action Plan for the Circular Economy, the Industrial Strategy and the Chemicals Strategy.

To increase sustainability in the European textile industry, the Commission proposes regulatory measures such as the introduction of separate recycling targets, separate collection e.g. via extended producer responsibility (EPR) for textiles, as well as voluntary approaches such as the use of the EU Ecolabel.

Textiles are a growing challenge on the path towards circularity. Each year, Europeans consume an average of 26 kilograms of textiles per person – of which 11 kilograms are discarded. It is estimated that less than 1% of textiles worldwide are recycled, which has negative consequences for the environment, climate and land use.

The key points of the textile strategy are compiled in a roadmap which can be downloaded on the Commission’s website. Stakeholders have until 2 February to submit their comments. The final strategy is to be published in the third quarter of 2021.

Revision of rules on food contact materials

The European Commission is currently evaluating the rules on food contact materials, such as food packaging, kitchen and tableware, and the machinery used in food manufacturing. The initiative aims to build a comprehensive, future-proof and enforceable regulatory framework to improve food safety, reduce food waste and support the use of sustainable packaging made from environmentally-friendly, re-usable and recyclable materials.

In order to do so, the Commission intends, among other things, to support all forms of safe re-use and recycling, including new technologies such as chemical recycling. This approach would allow for an increased uptake of recycled materials, given that materials obtained from traditional mechanical recycling often cannot be used in food contact materials for safety reasons.

The public consultation on the Commission’s roadmap ended on 29 January. Landbell Group company European Recycling Platform (ERP) contributed to the consultation with a paper welcoming the initiative. Another consultation will be launched in the coming months. The publication of the Commission’s proposed regulation is planned for the fourth quarter of 2022.

What else

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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How to turn WEEE into beehives

Collecting e-waste in Lodz, Poland is now much easier and builds new homes for bees  

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Are you a parceiro sustentável?

Clients in Portugal can now find sustainability support: ERP Portugal and Novo Verde launch the “Parceiro Sustentável” programme

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Taking the pressure off online sellers in Italy

Pressure is mounting on online sellers to comply with their environmental obligations - Consorzio ERP Italia is providing a wide range of support

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Are you selling batteries into Austria?

New obligations for distance sellers of batteries are coming into force in Austria - ERP Austria is on hand to help

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Focus on… Finland

Changes for EPR – including new measures for distance sellers – as Finland begins waste management reform

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Do you like polluted beaches? We don’t either!

Landbell Group joins project to prevent marine litter in North Africa

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Why did we endorse the Ellen MacArthur Foundation statement on EPR?

Landbell Group and over 150 stakeholders commit to EPR

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You can trust us… now it’s official!

Europe's leading provider of e-commerce protection awards certificate to EASy-Shop

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Kettles reach boiling point during Irish lockdown

A kettle was the most recycled object in Ireland over the past twelve months (with 1 in 4 Irish adults claiming to have recycled one)

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Sun coming out – but be prepared for the rain

The outlook for the photovoltaic (PV) industry looks sunny again, but companies should not forget their future recycling obligations

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Focus on… Georgia

Game-changing news for companies selling electronic goods in Georgia

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Tokyo 2020: winning gold for sustainability

Olympic Games to tackle the reduction of electronic and plastic waste

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How we are responding to the global expansion of EPR

Landbell Group publishes its annual performance report for 2020

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How two men joined the fight for cleaner chemicals

Happy 15th Birthday to H2 Compliance

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