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AGVU discusses new impulses for the circular economy after the federal election in Germany

24.06.2021 What does the federal election mean for the future of the circular economy and packaging regulation in Germany? Experts shed light on this question at the 18th AGVU Orientation Day on 21 June 2021 in Berlin.

At the 18th AGVU Orientation Day, not only were the plans of the German opposition parties discussed, but also a proposal for a triple strategy for the use of recycled plastics.
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At the 18th AGVU Orientation Day, not only were the plans of the German opposition parties discussed, but also a proposal for a triple strategy for the use of recycled plastics.

New ways, but also existing hurdles for a faster closing of material cycles in packaging were put to the test in a panel discussion with expert politicians from the opposition parties – Judith Skudelny (FDP – Liberal Party)), Dr Bettina Hoffmann (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen – Green Party) and Ralph Lenkert MdB (Die Linke – Left Party).

Holistic approach demanded

The tension between strict detailed regulation on the one hand and an approach oriented towards fixed goals with a high degree of self-responsibility of the economy on the other hand became particularly clear. A newly published paper by AGVU and IK Industrievereinigung Kunststoffverpackungen on increasing the use of recycled plastics in plastic packaging sees the solution in a holistic approach: "A new federal government must put the use of more recycled plastics high on its to-do list and pursue a threefold strategy of increasing the quantity and quality of recycled plastics, dismantling legal obstacles and introducing a well thought-out funding model," emphasises AGVU chairman Dr.Carl Dominik Klepper.

Keynote speaker Dr Marc-Oliver Pahl, secretary general of the German Council for Sustainable Development, had previously outlined the recommendations of the body advising the German government: "We must make rapid progress in the circular economy in the interests of conserving raw materials and protecting the climate. The packaging industry can and must also make a contribution here, especially through packaging avoidance, more deposit solutions and more use of recycled materials."

Licence fees aligned with sustainability criteria

With impulses for the intended stronger orientation of packaging licence fees to sustainability criteria as well as the use of digital micro-markings on packaging for optimised sorting and recycling, the AGVU orientation day threw further light on current issues of the circular economy.

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