RPE’s position paper on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation

Reusable Packaging Europe (RPE) fully supports the European Commission in its ambition to reduce packaging and packaging waste and therefore welcomes its proposal for a Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation. However, improvements are still necessary to ensure the legislation’s objectives.

Consequently, RPE calls on the European Parliament and the Council of the EU to aim for higher ambitions, in respect of the waste hierarchy, thus promoting reuse of (transport) packaging above the lower ranked recycling of (transport) packaging, as stated in the waste hierarchy. RPE’s ambition is to help the legislative institutions set the EU on the path to a green transition through circular economy, and to ultimately reach climate neutrality by 2050.

The transport packaging pooling business has been operating for several years with the ambition to reduce the environmental impact including waste generation of supply chains by reducing the use of natural resources (virgin material) needed to transport goods within the EU, and by maximizing the reuse of transport packaging within these pooling systems.

Read our position paper here.