PPWD Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive

Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD)

The Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive specifies the types of packaging that have to be allowed to circulate on the EU market as well as how the waste is managed and avoided as best as possible. In this context, all packaging must meet the requirements in terms of production, composition and reusability/recyclability.

The regulation covers all materials and packaging from industry, commerce and households. On the one hand, the aim is to reduce the increasing amount of packaging waste, which is responsible for significant environmental problems. On the other hand, the regulation aims to uniformly adapt different approvals and regulations in the respective EU countries, thus eliminating an obstacle to the internal market.

In summary, “Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive” regulates:

  • The harmonization of national regulations for packaging and waste management

  • The guarantee for a high level of environmental protection

  • Supporting the functionality of the internal market


According to the latest amendments, measures to prevent the new generation of packaging products have been added, as well as provisions to promote reuse and the recycling process instead of the final disposal of waste. By the end of 2024, all EU countries are to ensure that systems have been put in place to comply with this directive.

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