Environmental compliance… the latest developments

What are the latest developments concerning environmental legislation globally? We’ve picked out some highlights for you for November 2020.

European Commission launches public consultation on packaging

The European Commission has launched a new consultation on packaging and packaging waste. The consultation addresses businesses and consumers alike and aims to identify measures to improve the recycling of packaging waste and reduce its overall volume. The results of the consultation will feed into the planned revision of the European Union’s Packaging Directive.

The Commission wants all packaging to be designed in such a way that it is reusable or recyclable in an economically viable manner by 2030. This is to be achieved by revising the essential requirements for packaging and reducing the complexity of the material combinations used. In order to prevent packaging waste, the Commission also plans to take measures against unnecessary over-packaging.

Stakeholders have until 6 January 2021 to participate in the consultation by completing the online questionnaire.

Update on the planned revision of the waste shipment regulation

The European Commission is currently working on a revision of the Waste Shipment Regulation in order to align it with the overriding goal of developing a circular economy. The legislative proposal is expected to be published in spring 2021.

The Commission wants the revised Waste Shipment Regulation to contribute to the following objectives:

A recent stakeholder workshop hosted by the Commission revealed the complexity of the issue along with differences over how to set rules that would contribute to the above goals. However, there was agreement that the current regulations urgently need to be revised.

JRC is working on waste disposal report

On behalf of the Directorate-General for Environment, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) is working on a report on waste disposal in the European Union, collecting recent data and analysing the different situations in Member States.

The JRC’s goal is to compile a list of existing waste disposal operations and to identify policy options, e.g. with regard to further restricting landfill of municipal waste or to imposing a disposal reduction target.

The report is a requirement from both the Waste Framework Directive and the Landfill Directive and is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

At a workshop on 22 October, the JRC presented the interim status of the study and gave stakeholders the opportunity to comment. In addition to representatives from Member States and recycling associations, Landbell Group participated in the virtual workshop.

Amendments to German battery and packaging laws officially adopted

Germany’s upper and lower houses, the Bundesrat and the Bundestag (see article from previous Compass) have approved the amendments to the German battery law.

The new legislative framework can therefore enter into force on 1 January 2021 as planned. The most important changes include creating a level-playing field between take-back schemes and raising the collection rate to 50 percent.

The law implementing the European Union’s Waste Framework Directive has also been officially adopted, including the amended definition of composite packaging (see article from previous Compass).

The Bundesrat’s environmental committee had recommended to veto the law as it does not address the existing enforcement problems sufficiently. However, the institution’s plenary did not follow this recommendation.

The law implementing the European Union’s Waste Framework Directive is already published in the country’s Official Journal and can be found here.

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

Following the publication of Law No. 202 of 2020 Promulgating the Law on Waste Management, the ground for the implementation of EPR 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

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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

The environment is a pressing issue in Ethiopia, a country which is heavily dependent on agriculture, and is therefore doing its best to decrease […]

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ERP Ireland powers positivity at Barretstown

Landbell Group company, ERP Ireland, and the children’s charity, Barretstown, are celebrating the fourth year of their joint initiative ‘Batteries for Barretstown’. The campaign […]

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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!

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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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