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Europe’s ESG Updates: New Packaging Regulations and Tax Updates – July 2024

  • The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation is close to adoption in Europe
  • Reduction targets for packaging waste have been set for 2030, 2035, and 2040
  • Certain types of single-use plastic packaging will be banned by 2030
  • A ban on “forever chemicals” in food contact packaging is included in the new rules
  • Reuse and refill options for consumers will be encouraged
  • Recyclable packaging, better waste collection, and recycling targets are included in the rules
  • EPR schemes will be mandatory for commercial and industrial packaging
  • Germany has postponed the introduction of a plastic packaging tax due to issues with the legislation and data management.


Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.


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