After the adoption of a common Council position on 6 March 2003, the draft directive on packaging and packaging waste is starting its second reading in the European Parliament.
The Council adopted its common position on 6 March. The
position adopted by the Council provides for:
- 31 December 2008 as the general deadline for taking the
measures needed to achieve the revised recovery and recycling
targets, with an additional period of four years for Greece,
Ireland and Portugal on account of their specific situation;
- a maximum target of 80% for the recycling of packaging waste
and no maximum target for recovery;
- minimum targets for the recycling of specific materials
contained in packaging waste: 60% for glass; 60% for paper and
board; 50% for metals; 22,5% for plastics, counting exclusively
material that is recycled back into plastics; 15% for wood.
The Commission has accepted the common position agreed by the
The Parliament will now start its second reading.
parliament’s rapporteur proposes to have the plenary vote in July.