Fibre Packaging Europe (FPE), the Federation of Wooden Pallets and Packaging Manufacturers (FEFPEB), the European Confederation of Woodworking Industries (CEI Bois), GROW International, the European Panel Federation (EPF), and the European Furniture Industries Confederation (EFIC) share recommendations regarding the ENVI Committee Report adopted on 24 October on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR), specifically relating to the definitions of ‘high-quality recycling’ and ‘recyclability’.
While we fully support the sustainability goals of the PPWR, we believe that the proposed 'one size fits all' approach is not suitable for the unique attributes of wood, pallets and paper-based packaging, as it would impose an unnecessary restriction and fails to account for theirsignificant contributions to the circular economy.
The signatories of this joint statement call for the EU to regulate a ‘material loop’, rather than a ‘closed product loop’. Adopting a flexible approach to recycling definitions that allows for the unique qualities of wood packaging is essential to support the circular economy, carbon capture, and the broader sustainability goals. We look forward to engaging in further discussions and collaborative efforts to achieve these aims.