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

ERP Norway acquires Serva AS

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New online regulatory information service

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New online label for packaging licensing

The German Packaging Law (VerpackG) requires producers and distributors of sales packaging to fulfil their producer responsibility obligations and register their packaging with a […]

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Support on revision of German Packaging Law

On 20 January 2021, the German government passed a bill to amend the country’s Packaging Act (see article from the February issue of COMPASS). […]

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New EPR requirements for online marketplaces

Online retail is getting more and more popular. It is not only convenient for consumers; it has also helped consumers and shops to cope […]

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Focus on… Washington D.C.

On 16th March 2021, the District of Columbia Act 23-542 “Zero Waste Omnibus Amendment Act of 2020” became effective. This legislation, which establishes comprehensive […]

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Traceless materials takes the trophy

The German startup, traceless materials won the 7th Green Alley Award, taking home the prize money of 25,000 euros and a unique trophy, made […]

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Implementing EPR for packaging in Egypt

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Eco-friendly packaging design with PACK2RECYCLE

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Big applause for Green Alley Award finalists

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Focus on… Czech Republic

The Chamber of Deputies in the Czech Republic has revised the extended producer responsibility (EPR) waste legislation and approved a new Act No. 542/2020 […]

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Environmental Report by Consorzio ERP Italia

On 9th March 2020, Consorzio ERP Italia published its Environmental Report 2020. Consorzio ERP Italia is one of the main non-profit collective schemes that […]

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Landbell Group at edie SLF 2021

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Landbell Group and end-of-life recreational boats

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and the European Boating Industry Association (EBI) co-hosted a workshop on 8 […]

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Green Alley Award goes digital

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Focus on… Ethiopia

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ERP Ireland powers positivity at Barretstown

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Consorzio ERP Italia webinar on WEEE and RoHS

On 28th January, Consorzio ERP Italia, one of the main non-profit schemes for waste electronics and batteries in Italy, organised a webinar on the […]

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edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

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ERP Poland provides Eco Help!

In June 2020, Landbell Group company ERP Poland began repairing and donating laptops and computers for distance learning. The equipment is particularly intended for […]

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ERP Portugal launches new website

ERP Portugal has a new website – eureciclo.pt – for schools, shops, companies and organisations that need to recycle their electronic waste and used […]

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Focus on… Moldova

The concept of extended producer responsibility (EPR) was introduced in Moldova in 2016 by Law No. 209 On Waste, which brought the provisions of […]

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Public Vote for 2021 Green Alley Award

After the successful application phase, the public voting for the Green Alley Award 2021 ends today. For the very first time since the award’s […]

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Join us at edie Sustainability Leaders Forum

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