Environmental compliance… the latest developments

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

European Commission proposes new legislation for batteries

The European Commission has released a proposal to modernise the regulatory framework for batteries.

The aim of the new regulation is to ensure batteries are sustainable, efficient and safe throughout their entire life cycle.

The initiative is part of the Commission’s New Action Plan for the Circular Economy and aims to address the high strategic importance of batteries for the European economy.

The proposal includes the following amendments to the regulatory framework:

Stakeholders have until 1 March 2021 to comment on the Commission’s proposal. The regulation is set to apply  from 1st January 2022.

German Packaging Law yields positive results

Two years after the German Packaging Law came into force, the Foundation Central Agency Packaging Register (ZSVR) has released data – compiled in cooperation with the country’s Federal Environment Agency (UBA) – which shows that significantly more packaging is being recycled and more manufacturers are meeting their obligations than under the previous legal framework.

According to the new data, a total of 5.3 million tonnes of waste packaging was recycled in 2019, an increase of 13% compared to the previous year. For plastic packaging, the increase was as much as 50%.

The growth in recycling is driven by both the higher targets of the Packaging Law and the higher volumes of packaging resulting from the newly introduced and stricter enforcement regime.

The participation rate is over 75% and, at the end of November 2020, nearly 200,000 manufacturers were registered in the LUCID packaging register, compared to just 60,000 four years ago.

The Packaging Law has also helped to significantly reduce the number of free riders.

Further information and figures can be found in this presentation by ZVSR and UBA (in German).

Further update on the revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation

The European Commission is currently preparing a revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation (WSR) to ensure the smooth functioning of the internal waste market, support the transition towards a circular economy and ensure waste shipped to third countries is managed in an environmentally sound manner.

In September 2020, the Commission hosted a stakeholder workshop to discuss the matter with representatives from member states, businesses, associations and NGOs (see article from November’s COMPASS).

The discussions revealed the complexity of the issue, as well as differences over how to set rules that would meet the above goals. The discussions mainly revolved around the following objectives:

More information on the objectives and policy options discussed can be found in the comprehensive summary of the workshop that was recently published by the Commission.

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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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Why are we updating our Chinese and Japanese websites?

We want to be there, wherever you need us, supporting you in every market

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How can you make your packaging more recyclable?

Landbell launches free PACK2RECYCLE online tool for customers

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Focus on… Slovenia

Does your company sell packaging or packaged goods in Slovenia?

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Where does recycling e-waste make blood transfusions safer?

Promoting sustainable behaviour in Portugal

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How Germany is improving packaging recycling

German packaging schemes offer guidance for consumers

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ERP Norway acquires Serva AS

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New online regulatory information service

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New online label for packaging licensing

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Support on revision of German Packaging Law

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New EPR requirements for online marketplaces

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Focus on… Washington D.C.

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Traceless materials takes the trophy

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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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