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. Please provide a few details about yourself and one of the team will email you the full report shortly.