The main theme running throughout the two-day Plastics Caps&Closures conference, which was organised this year for the 15th time by PNE publisher Crain Communications November 15-16 in Amsterdam, was the circular economy - and how plastics caps and closures fit into this trend. Keynote speaker Hans van Bochove, VP public affairs Europe, Coca-Cola and, importantly, chairman of Europen, the European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment presenting the opinion of the packaging supply chain in Europe on topics related to packaging and the environment, traced the development from customer engagement to government legislation.
He noted that the latest European proposals differ fundamentally from previous regulations: “For the first time, certain products are banned,” he said. “And they are demanding 90% collection of beverage containers by 2025 – and tethered caps. The former will require serious interventions, the latter an essential design requirement that we consider a disproportionate measure.”
In addition, the European Council wants to drop the Internal Market Requirement. “It is still only a proposal,” Bochove emphasised, adding that Europen, as an organisation committed to working with the European authorities on EU legislation that is clear, proportionate and effective and that safeguards the Internal Market, is still in discussion about the proposed new rules.