Closed loop recycling in Europe: What helps and what hinders?
The new EU Circular Economy Action Plan is one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal for a climate-neutral, resource-efficient and competitive economy. The proposals that are sketched out as part of the Action Plan are set to influence almost every stage of Europeans’ lives, by ensuring that products and materials we see everywhere, from home to office, or school and doctors’ clinics, are truly sustainable.
The upcoming review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) will aim to ensure that “all packaging on the EU market are recyclable or reusable in an economically viable way by 2030”. It will build on the last revision of the PPWD that set new recycling targets for packaging, measuring the actual recycling of packaging materials – not just collection rates.
Closed loop recycling, whereby packaging is collected and recycled into new packaging, has a key role to play in a well-functioning Circular Economy that keeps resources productive in the economy for as long as possible, reducing the use of virgin raw materials and CO2 emissions, and saving energy. EU and national policymakers across Europe are debating what the solutions are to promote closed loop recycling.
Join this EURACTIV Virtual Conference to discuss the policy initiatives and measures that can help or, on the contrary, hinder closed loop recycling of packaging in Europe. Questions to be addressed:
• Why is closed loop recycling of packaging important?
• What’s the packaging value chain ambition on glass collection and recycling?
• Are Deposit Return Schemes (DRS) a solution to increase packaging collection in Europe?
• How can the upcoming review of the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive promote closed loop recycling?
• How to empower consumers in a circular economy?
Rozalina Petrova, Member of Cabinet of Virginijus Sinkevicius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP, Member ENVI Committee, Shadow Rapporteur "New Circular Economy Action Plan", European Parliament
Vanya Veras, Secretary General, Municipal Waste Europe
Patricia Fosselard, Secretary General, Natural Mineral Waters Europe
Vanessa Chesnot, Product Policy Manager, The European Container Glass Federation (FEVE)
Dave Keating, Journalist, EURACTIV
14:30 – 14:35 Welcome
14:35 – 14:50 Panellist statements
14:50 – 15:40 Discussion and Q&A
15:40 – 15:45 Closing statements
Not all recycling is equal. As the European Commission prepares to revise the EU's packaging waste directive, policymakers want to remove degradation and waste from the process.