Packaging Ordinance Section 1 Waste Management Objectives

Packaging Ordinance Section 1 Waste Management Objectives

(1) The purpose of this Ordinance is to avoid or reduce the environmental impacts of waste arising from packaging. Packaging waste shall in the first instance be avoided; reuse of packaging, recycling and other forms of recovery shall otherwise take priority over the disposal of packaging waste. To achieve this purpose, this Ordinance shall regulate the market behaviour of all parties obligated under this Ordinance in such a way as to attain the waste management goals and at the same time protect economic operators from unfair competition.

(2) This Ordinance aims to increase to at least 80 per cent the share of beverages filled into reusable drinks packaging and ecologically advantageous one-way drinks packaging. The Federal Government shall conduct the necessary surveys on the respective shares and shall publish the results annually in the Federal Gazette. The Federal Government shall assess the impact on waste management of the provisions contained in section 9 by no later than 1 January 2010. The Federal Government shall report its findings to both the Bundestag and the Bundesrat.

(3) No later than 31 December 2008, the annual share of all packaging waste being recovered shall be at least 65 percent by weight and the share being recycled shall be at least 55 percent by weight. The recycling targets for the different materials contained in packaging shall be 15 percent by weight for wood, 22.5 for plastics, counting exclusively material that is recycled back into plastics, 50 for metals and 60 for glass, paper and cardboard. The Federal Government shall conduct the necessary surveys and inform the general public and the economic operators. Packaging waste exported out of the Community in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 1013/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 14 June 2006 on shipments of waste (OJ EC No. L 190 p.1), Regulation (EC) No. 1420/1999 of the Council and Regulation (EC) No. 1547/1999 of the Commission shall only count for the achievement of the obligations and targets of the first and second sentences above if there is sound evidence that the recovery or recycling operation took place under conditions that are broadly equivalent to those prescribed by the Community legislation on the matter.