In 2018 in the frame of the EU Circular Economy Package, two Directives were amended: the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) and the Waste Framework, introduced respectively in 1994 and in 2008. The PPWD is currently already in revision by the European Commission and a proposal of the new version is expected in summer 2022. It tackles the essential requirements of packaging design towards stricter eco-design criteria.
In 2019 the Single-Use Plastics Directive (SUPD) was adopted to deal with the problem of marine litter and plastic pollution. It establishes new types of obligations such as bans, consumption reduction measures, marketing restrictions, product and marking requirements for various single-use plastic products (i.e. food containers, cutlery, beverage cups, etc.).
EU Member States had two years to transpose the Directives into their national legislation. Companies introducing packaging on the market should therefore be ready to be compliant with recent and imminent upcoming measures.