Effectiveness of the Essential Requirements for Packaging and Packaging Waste

2nd July 2020

by Dr Dominic Hogg, Tim Elliott, Mark Hilton, Laurence Elliott, Orla Woods, Dr Chris Sherrington, Ann Ballinger, Alice Thomson

This report,which was co-authored by our policy experts alongside consultancy COWI, Adelphi, Ecophys and Milieu explored the feasibility of reinforcing the Essential Requirements for packaging with a view to improving design for reuse and promoting high quality recycling, as well as strengthening their enforcement.

The work included six main components which were to:

  • review the effectiveness of the Essential Requirements;
  • review of the adequacy and relevance of the current Essential Requirements with the objectives of waste and circular economy policy;
  • identify obstacles to their effective implementation and enforcement;
  • present case studies on approaches that could prove useful in reviewing/ reinforcing the requirements;
  • identify and assess measures to reinforce the requirements including stricter definitions of recyclability/ reusability; and
  • extensive stakeholder consultation throughout the process.

This report is available free of charge. Press the orange button and provide a few details about yourself to access the download.