Packaging ecology and environmental protection legislation

In today's human society, the issue of ecological and environmental protection is widely concerned. The relationship between the development of the packaging industry and environmental protection legislation is increasingly closer. As a product of promoting the development of modern civilization, packaging products not only provide people with a fast-paced lifestyle, but also promote the development of the national economy and play an important role in the economic development of various countries. However, if packaged products are discarded as waste, they will become the culprit of environmental destruction if they are not treated in a scientific and rational way. To this end, governments of countries around the world provide healthy, comfortable and beautiful living environments for the people, and constantly formulate various laws and regulations to regulate and limit the production, use and recycling of packaging products.

The introduction of these laws and regulations has effectively reduced the environmental pollution caused by packaging waste. It has also promoted the emergence and emergence of new packaging products and new technologies, and has played a very positive role in promoting the development of the packaging industry. However, just like any other thing in the world, environmental protection legislation also has a gradual and mature process. People engaged in environmental protection legislation must not only have the consciousness of advancing with the times, but also take into account the actual situation so as to ensure that the various environmental protection policies and regulations promulgated are built on a reasonable and feasible basis.

European environmental protection legislation started earlier and the general public have a strong sense of environmental protection. This has played a significant role in protecting the local ecological environment, increasing the level of packaging, and promoting economic development. The European road to environmental protection legislation has gone through ups and downs. The introduction of laws and regulations has caused some controversy. This is a normal phenomenon. The following is an article on the website of the British Association of Metal Packaging Manufacturers, which is a review of the environmental protection legislation in Germany affecting the development of the European metal packaging industry. We have provided this article to you for reference and reference only.

European beverage manufacturers and raw material suppliers are losing confidence in the German market.

Usually, June is the peak season for beverage sales. However, in June last year people discovered that the four major retailers in the area were removing a large number of canned drinks from their shelves. The reason is that the government has introduced a policy of imposing a deposit on non-returnable packaging for hearing and bottle packaging. Because of the great uncertainties in the future development trend of this deposit policy, retailers prefer to withdraw their shelves and are not willing to face fines for failing to establish a recycling system. Because the construction of the recycling system requires a lot of investment, at the same time, they are not clear whether this deposit system violates European competition law.

Since the introduction of this new policy in January last year, the sales volume of canned drinks has dropped by nearly 50%. The current withdrawal will further increase the decline in sales volume. Moreover, through a short period of effort, it will not be able to recover losses, and some beverages will inevitably stop listening to the production line. There will be 1,200 jobs threatened in German metal-listening companies, and beverages and other packaging companies will also have thousands of jobs at risk.

Tony Woods, chairman of the British Metal Packaging Manufacturers Association, said: “Despite the fact that the German beverage listening factories have global operations, they have had a significant impact on them. For example, CrownCork & Seal’s production plants in France and the UK soon felt The impact of this event, because they are providing products for the German market."

The deposit system was proposed to encourage German consumers to purchase beer or soft drinks in glass or PET bottles, which was part of the previous legislation. That is, if the market share of recyclable packaging products is less than 72%, a deposit system should be introduced. At the time, this approach consistent with all other civilizations in Germany seemed unlikely to be implemented—buy bottled beer and return the bottle to a local brewery for refilling. However, with the prevalence and development of metallic hearing, non-recyclable plastic and glass bottled beverages, recyclable packaging has fallen below this market share. Therefore, in March 2002, the German government announced the implementation of a deposit system.

Since the announcement of this system, the debate on it has not stopped. Tony Woods said: "This regulation is not suitable for metal hearing packaging products because it is 100% recyclable. For a long time, Germany's recyclable products have the highest priority. Moreover, over the years, the recovery rate of metal packaging products has exceeded 80%. ,Canned beer and beverages already occupy an important position in the minds of consumers.Now, people attach great importance to environmental protection issues, and more and more to choose environmentally friendly packaging products.But at the same time, they also need to be convenient and presented Packaging products.They clearly know what they can offer by listening to the product.

In Germany, we are seeing a misleading market. As this policy is enforced without a foundation, it has aggravated the adverse effects on the market. One thing that is very important is that we should understand what is happening in Germany and we know that there is a growing concern among people that if this unreasonable deposit system spreads to other countries, especially after arriving in the UK, it will It will cause heavy losses. ”

In order to reduce the losses caused by this impact, BallPackagingEurope has cancelled some important investment projects in Germany. Because there are more than 80 local suppliers for their suppliers, including mechanics, transportation companies, paint and paint suppliers. In the United Kingdom, 1,800 people are directly employed in this beverage to listen to the production companies. Moreover, beverage listening companies are the main users of steel, aluminum, paint, paint, transportation and various other service industries.

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