Forward-looking regulation accelerates recycling in Austria and the Netherlands

Austria and the Netherlands have taken steps towards advancing recycling efforts, explicitly focusing on beverage cartons. As forward-looking nations, they have implemented specific targets for beverage cartons, recognising the importance of separate collection and recycling in their waste management policies.

In many EU countries, beverage cartons were not subject to dedicated collection or recycling targets, leading to challenges in efficiently managing these containers. Without specific targets, cartons were often grouped under composite or paper packaging targets, hindering the optimization of recycling efforts.

Austria and the Netherlands demonstrated their commitment to recycling by implementing targeted regulations for beverage cartons.

Through continuous efforts from the beverage carton industry, Austria amended its packaging ordinance to include an ambitious 80% collection target for beverage cartons starting from 2025. This proactive step aligns with the overall industry ambition to achieve a 70% recycling rate by 2030.

The Netherlands set a clear path for increasing beverage carton recycling rates. They have established an effective recycling rate target of 34% for beverage cartons by 2023, with a gradual increase to 55% by 2030.

The implementation of dedicated recycling targets for beverage cartons in Austria and the Netherlands has the potential for substantial impact:

  • Increased Recycling Rates: These targets will foster higher collection and recycling rates for beverage cartons, contributing to a circular economy and reducing waste in both countries.
  • Waste Management: By directing focus towards beverage carton recycling, Austria and the Netherlands are proactively addressing waste management challenges and setting a sustainable precedent for other nations.

As Austria and the Netherlands pave the way for beverage carton recycling, other EU countries may be inspired to adopt similar targeted regulations. The progressive approach demonstrated by these nations sets a positive example for industry players and policymakers alike. Through continued collaboration and dedication to sustainability, Austria and the Netherlands can build on their progress, driving recycling rates higher and moving closer to achieving their recycling ambitions.

Regulations to accelerate recycling of used beverage cartons

Austria and Netherlands

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