MEPs to debate on Nov. 21 and adopt their position on Nov. 22 for negotiations with EU governments on new rules to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging in the EU

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November 17, 2023 (press release) –

MEPs will debate on Tuesday and adopt their position for negotiations with EU governments on Wednesday on new rules to reduce, reuse and recycle packaging in the EU.

The report by the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety includes proposals to make packaging easier to reuse and recycle, to reduce unnecessary packaging and waste, and to encourage the use of recycled content. MEPs want to ban the sale of very light weight plastic carrier bags, unless required for hygiene reasons, and the use of intentionally added so called “forever chemicals” (per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances or PFASs) and Bisphenol A in food contact packaging. They also want consumers to be able to bring their own container for take-away food and drinks.




In 2018, packaging generated a turnover of EUR 355 billion in the EU. It is an ever-increasing source of waste, the EU total having increased from 66 million tonnes in 2009 to 84 million tonnes in 2021. In 2021, each European generated 188.7 kg of packaging waste a year, a figure that is expected to increase to 209 kg in 2030 without additional measures.


Procedure Code: 2023/0042(COD)

Procedure: ordinary legislative procedure

Debate: Tuesday, 21 November

Vote: Wednesday, 22 November

Press conference: Wednesday, 22 November, 13.30 CET



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