FEFPEB has welcomed an important change to the European Union’s Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive, which affects how recycling targets for wooden packaging are calculated, following work by the industry.
The European Union has accepted that wood used in both the reuse and repair of pallets and packaging have to be included in the calculation of recycling rates.
FEFPEB has informed its members about the changes – which have been incorporated into the Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive.
Secretary general Fons Ceelaert, said: “Wood used in both the reuse and repair of pallets and packaging has been accepted, which is a real success,” he said. “Not reaching recycling targets could cause great problems in terms of penalties, so we are happy with this helpful new regulation, with realistic recycling targets, which removes a lot of concern for our industry.”
He added that under the revised directive, replacing one component in a pallet also now allows the full weight of the pallet to be accounted for as recycled.