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Packaging and Packaging Waste

Primary EU legislation

Amending acts:

  • Directive 2004/12/EC amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste
  • Directive 2005/20/EC amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (extension of deadlines for the attainment of the recycling and recovery targets for the Member States acceding the EU in 2004)
  • Regulation (EC) No 219/2009 adapting a number of instruments subject to the procedure referred to in Article 251 of the Treaty to Council Decision 1999/468/EC with regard to the regulatory procedure with scrutiny
  • Commission Directive 2013/2/EU amending Annex I to Directive 94/61/EC on packaging and packaging waste
  • Directive (EU) 2015/720 amending Directive 94/62/EC as regards the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags. The main steps of the revision process can be followed in EUR-Lex or in the Legislative Observatory of the European Parliament. Background information is available in a press release, a memo with questions and answers on the proposal, the Impact Assessment and the executive summary of the impact assessment.
  • Directive (EU) 2018/852 of 30 May 2018 amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste. This last amendment of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive applied since 4 July 2018 and had to become law in the EU countries by 5 July 2020. Here you can read more about the 2018 revision of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive.

Derogations for Member States acceded in 2007

Secondary EU legislation

  • Derogation for plastic crates and pallets from the heavy metal concentration limits
  • Derogation for glass packaging from the heavy metal concentration limits
  • Notification of draft measures Member States intend to implement within the framework of Directive 94/62/EC
    • Directive (EU) 2015/1535 laying down a procedure for the provision of information in the field of technical regulations and rules on Information Society services
    • Notifications can be accessed and consulted in the TRIS database (Technical Regulations Information System)

Member States" measures going beyond the maximum targets, notified to and confirmed by the Commission

  • Austria
    • Commission Decision 1999/42/EC confirming the measures notified by Austria pursuant to Article 6(6) of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (notified under document number C(1998) 3940)
  • Belgium
    • Commission Decision 1999/652/EC confirming the measures notified by Belgium pursuant to Article 6(6) of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (notified under document number C(1999) 2919) (Text with EEA relevance)
    • Commission Decision 2003/82/EC confirming measures notified by Belgium pursuant to Article 6(6) of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (Text with EEA relevance) (notified under document number C(2003) 361
  • The Netherlands
    • Commission Decision 1999/823/EC confirming the measures notified by the Netherlands pursuant to Article 6(6) of Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (notified under document number C(1999) 3818)

For information on EU legislation relating to food contact materials, including packaging: