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5: Company Processes

The companies have to document that every single packaging-product-combination meets the national legislative requirements. The EU Packaging Directive lacks a mutual accordance procedure. This could lead to different rules in each country, which is a very important hurdle for export companies.

The responsible company has to document:

  • That a decision has been made concerning the minimization process
  • That the heavy metal contents in the packaging are within the limits
  • That the contents of environmentally hazardous components have been examined and limited to a minimum
  • That a decision concerning recycling ability has been made
  • For every market a decision concerning what should happen with the packaging after use has to be made. The possibilities are material recycling, combustion with energy recovery (electricity and/or heat), compostation and/or biodegradation.