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Mosca's position on the PPWR

27.05.2024

Mosca welcomes the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR). Its aim of promoting recycling and optimizing the use of resources is in line with our own long-standing commitment to more sustainability at the end of the packaging line. Regarding the reuse of plastic pallet wrapping and strapping material, the EU Commission has guaranteed an exemption via a delegated act. This offers planning security in the areas of transport packaging and load securing to companies and consumers alike.

What is the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR)?

The PPWR is a new regulation adopted by the Commission of the European Union, often referred to as the EU Packaging Regulation in the media. It governs the handling of packaging within the European Union and requires EU member states to reduce their CO2 emissions caused by packaging. To reach this objective, the PPWR has set the four goals Replace, Reduce, Recycle and Reuse.

The European Parliament and the Environment Council adopted the PPWR on April 24. The text is now being reviewed by legal experts and translated into the respective languages of the member states. At the end of 2024, the newly elected EU Parliament will vote on the final version of the PPWR, which will enter into force in mid-2026 if approved.

What does the PPWR in its current form entail for end-of-line packaging?

On the one hand, the PPWR requires a minimum percentage of recycled content in plastic packaging, which our strapping materials already satisfy. We are also constantly striving for a higher percentage of recycled materials in our other consumables and we are working hard to meet the required quotas.

On the other, Article 26 of the PPWR currently also specifies reuse quotas for pallet wrapping and strapping. We, along with experts from leading groups such as the VDMA and the German Plastics Industry Association, view these quotas critically, as they are neither technically nor ecologically feasible. During the first reading in the European Parliament (EP), the EU Commission issued a clear statement on the planned exemption of stretch wrapping film and straps from paragraphs 2 and 3 of Article 29.

In an official letter, the EU Commission acknowledged the concerns and objections from the packaging industry and pledged to draw up a delegated act immediately after the PPWR’s ratification at the end of 2024. This will exclude the two types of material from the reuse quotas.

What does the PPWR mean for you as a Mosca customer?

The European Commission has promised to issue a delegated act for plastic pallet wrapping and strapping that exempts both types of material from the specified reuse quotas. This exemption gives you planning security and the certainty that strapping and wrapping your products will continue to be permitted in the future.

Read more information about EU-PPWR here

 

 

 

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