UBA wants to have a study conducted on how to promote the recycling of packaging waste, Euwid reports.
The research project also aims to answer the question of whether current recovery and recycling quotas need to be adjusted. To ensure the effectiveness of the quotas in terms of high-quality recycling of materials, the Packaging Act stipulates that recycling results must be reviewed within three years of January 1, 2022. Based on the review, a decision will be made as to whether the material-specific quotas, such as for PET bottles, and the overall recycling quota for lightweight packaging (LVP) of 50 percent are appropriate or should be increased further. In addition, the project will investigate how the recycling quotas could be fundamentally further developed and the Packaging Act amended. The study shall also look at transport packaging, sales packaging and secondary packaging, for which there are currently no quota requirements, and highlight the potential for optimization and obstacles that exist for this packaging. Thus, the study will primarily look at packaging that typically does not accumulate in private households after use, but rather at commercial entities, particularly in large-scale commerce and industry.