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EU extends derogation on recycled crates and pallets containing heavy metal

The European Commission has decided to extend the derogation on plastic crates and plastic pallets in relation to the heavy metal concentration levels established in Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste. The Commission Decision has been published in the Official Journal on 25 March 2009 (C (2009)1959).

This very important derogation has been adopted after two years of joint efforts from the European Plastics Converters (EuPC) and the European Plastics Recyclers (EuPR). Moreover, the “scientific reports submitted to the Commission recommend that such a derogation should be granted” as the mechanical recycling is the most sustainable path to treat plastic crates and pallets.

Furthermore, the Decision pushes industry to create a “voluntary agreement” in order to monitor the closed loop and report on the progress done.
We welcome the publication of this derogation for the continuation of recycling old plastic crates and pallets back into new ones. Industry will need to get organized together with the users of the crates (e.g. breweries) in order to monitor the heavy metal content and inform regulators on progress made on a regular basis” according to Dangis, EuPC Managing Director.
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