The EC Directive on Packaging and Packaging Waste (94/62/EC, as amended – hereafter referred to as ‘the Packaging Directive’) aims to harmonise the management of packaging waste by reducing the impact of packaging and packaging waste on the environment and by avoiding obstacles to trade and distortion and restriction of competition within the Community.
The Packaging Directive sets a minimum overall recovery target of 60% (of which a minimum of 55% must be recycling), as well as material-specific recycling targets. For glass this is 60%.
These targets were to be met by Member States by 31 December 2008. After that date, Member States must continue to meet these minimum targets, but they have the freedom to set higher national targets.