Packaging and the environment

Manufacturers should aim to reduce packaging volume and weight in line with safety, hygiene and consumer acceptance, and to minimize the presence of hazardous substances in emissions, ash or leachate when packaging waste is incinerated or landfilled. Packaging design shall be designed and produced to permit reuse (when specified) and recovery and to minimize the impact of packaging waste on the environment.

Key standards

BS EN 13427:2004 
Packaging. Requirements for the use of European Standards in the field of packaging and packaging waste

BS EN 13428:2004
Packaging. Requirements specific to manufacturing and composition. Prevention by source reduction

BS EN 13429:2004
Packaging. Reuse

BS EN 13429:2004
Packaging. Reuse

BS EN 13430:2004
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable by material recycling

BS EN 13431:2004
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable in the form of energy recovery, including specification of minimum inferior calorific value

BS EN 13431:2004
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable in the form of energy recovery, including specification of minimum inferior calorific value

BS EN 13432:2000
Packaging. Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation. Test scheme and evaluation criteria for the final acceptance of packaging


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