Legal deadline passes for EU packaging rules

Only five of the EU's 25 member states met an 18 August deadline to transpose stricter packaging waste recovery and recycling targets into national law, the European Commission has revealed. The rules entered force last year and set targets effective from 2008 onwards (EED 19/02/04). Most EU-15 states already met the new targets by 2002. The new EU-10 members have all negotiated more time in which to bring recycling levels to the same levels. See press release.

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