Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) 2018

Packaging & Packaging Waste Directive (PPWD) 2018

The new PPWD (Directive (EU) 2018/852 of the European Parliament, amending Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste) was approved by the EU in July 2018 and sets new packaging recycling targets for all materials, the most challenging of which for Ireland is the plastic packaging recycling target of 50% by 2025 and 55% by 2030.

The preferred waste management option, apart from reduction and reuse, is recycling, hence there are no recovery targets in the future.  The new legislation must be transposed into Irish Law by 5 July 2020.

The PPWD sets the following targets for packaging waste materials:

MaterialRecycled %Target Date
All Packaging Waste65%31 Dec 2025
70%31 Dec 2030
Material SpecificRecycled %Target Date
Glass70%31 Dec 2025
75%31 Dec 2030
Plastic50%31 Dec 2025
55%31 Dec 2030
Paper & Cardboard75%31 Dec 2025
85%31 Dec 2030
Metal70%31 Dec 2025
80%31 Dec 2030
Aluminium50%31 Dec 2025
60%31 Dec 2030
Wood25%31 Dec 2025
30%31 Dec 2030