Inside Brussels – Alexis Van Maercke on steel for packaging in EU policy discussions

It’s an active start to the New Year for us at APEAL!

Together with the Parliament Magazine, we are organising a high-level conference on closing the loop of steel packaging recycling in Europe.

That all packaging on the EU market be reusable or recyclable in an economically viable way by 2030 is a key objective of the New Circular Economy Action Plan, one of the main building blocks of the European Green Deal.

Endorsed by Commissioner the European Commissioner Sinkevičius (Environment, Oceans and Fisheries) a series of high-level debates will feature representatives from the European Parliament, Council and Commission as well as key figures from industry and NGO’s. The event will take place in Brussels and be simultaneously broadcast online.

We see this event as a real opportunity to discuss the current review of the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 94/62/EC (PPWD) and how steel packaging can further contribute to achieve a truly circular economy. 

We’ll be focusing on how policymakers and stakeholders can work together in all European countries to increase understanding of the value of multiple recycling, increase separate collection and reach APEAL’s vision of zero steel packaging to landfill by 2025.

As well as releasing our latest APEAL report “Why steel recycles forever: how to collect, sort and recycle steel for packaging” as a source of concrete examples and clear recommendations.

For at APEAL we believe that to build a greener future for Europe, a circular economy and zero waste approach has to remain the priority.

In Brussels, the Directorate-General for Environment (DG ENV) and the Joint Research Council (JRC) are currently collaborating on a study of the “Assessment of the definition of recycling” that we believe invites a key question.

Inside the wider term of “recycling” should a distinction not to be made between the multiple recycling of permanent materials such as steel, and more limited recycling processes with only one or a few recycling loops?

APEAL believes that all processes, in particular non-mechanical ones, should be duly assessed before they can qualify as ‘recycling’. We invite you to read our position paper on the subject here.

Please contact the events team if you didn’t yet receive your invitation to our event and would like to join.