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EU is about to implement a tax on plastic packaging

source:[Gravimetric blender]   release time:2021-03-06 15:14:32

Since 2018, the EU has decided to impose a tax on single-use plastic packaging, hoping to reduce the use of single-use plastic packaging through taxation and increase EU fiscal revenue.

In July 2020, the EU approved the implementation of the "plastic packaging tax" from January 1, 2021. This is the multi-year financial framework (2021-2027) that the EU plans to raise huge funds to restart the economy after the outbreak of the new crown epidemic this year. Part of the latest agreement.

The plan expects to impose a tax rate of 0.80 Euro/kg on unrecycled plastic packaging waste, which will be paid into the EU budget.

After the EU special summit on July 21 finalized the tax timetable, environmental protection organizations such as the German Environmental Project Assistance (DUH) immediately welcomed it. The introduction of a "plastic packaging tax" on behalf of the EU has been cumbersome and the tax rate is not high; However, some media pointed out that once the tax is imposed, it will be a big burden for the EU, especially the "large producers" of plastic packaging.

In response to increasingly stringent EU regulations and consumer demand for more environmentally friendly packaging, beverage manufacturers are increasingly exploring alternatives to traditional plastic rings and shrink packaging. And many brand companies are also actively fulfilling the 2025 must-packing promise, from replacing materials to removing labels, to improving recycling efficiency, simplifying recycling steps, etc., to promote sustainable packaging in a multi-pronged manner.

Unlabeled bottles, realizing 100% recyclable bottle body

When recycling waste plastic bottles, label recycling is often a problem. The label is made of a different plastic material from the PET plastic bottle. In the recycling plant, the bottle body must be separated from the cap and label made of different materials. It is technically recyclable, but many factories do not have special equipment to handle label recycling. Labels are discarded, or converted into energy, and its recycling has always been a challenge that brand owners are trying to overcome.

Following Coca-Cola’s launch of unlabeled PET bottles, Evian’s newly developed new bottle also eliminates the label on the bottle body and turns the brand and label information into the recycled plastic bottle body, realizing 100% of the bottle body. Recyclable.

Shweta Harit, Evian Global Brand Vice President, said, “Removing the bottle label is our closed-loop packaging solution, which means that zero waste plastics can be achieved, and all plastics will be able to be reused in a closed loop.”

"Evian's goal is to achieve a completely closed-loop operation mode by 2025, and all bottles will be recycled and reused in a closed-loop. Except for the bottle cap, the new bottle body is made of 100% recycled plastic. Evian water will be in 7 These unlabeled bottles were launched in designated hotels, restaurants and reception venues in France at the beginning of the month, and then launched in other countries in September.

No straw cup lid, reducing plastic application

Among domestic Western-style fast food chains, McDonald's China has become the first brand to propose and actively restart plastic straws. Recently, the straw boxes of McDonald's restaurants in Guangzhou have been affixed with "retirement announcements" of plastic straws. McDonald's stated that in order to further reduce plastic on food packaging, it will gradually replace plastic straws and use a new type of "no straw" lid.

This is the first environmentally friendly alternative released by McDonald's in May after it released its new brand concept "Because of Love, Do Good". By then, this action is expected to reduce the amount of plastic used by approximately 400 tons per year.

Thanks to more than ten years of plastic reduction operations, only 20% of the packaging currently used by McDonald's China is made of plastic, and the remaining 80% is made of paper. According to the company, this new cup lid is not only the result of McDonald's China's local environmental protection innovation, but also the first design of its global system. The gradual promotion of its market has changed, and the proportion of plastic replacement continues to decrease.

According to the description of the new cup lid, "the mouth shape is round, the height, and the opening design is reasonable, and it can provide consumers with a comfortable experience even without a straw." The company conducts research and development, tests and surveys in about 10 versions of the lids, and finally determines the current version.

According to McDonald's China's plan, the new cup lids without straws will be merged into all mainland stores within this year, and the first batch of restaurants introduced account for nearly all of the McDonald's stores in mainland China. Since June 30, the phasing out of plastic straws will be officially launched. Nearly 1,000 restaurants in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen will be the first to implement dine-in and take-out events.

New paper snap ring, eliminate plastic snap ring

1. Coca-Cola CCEP uses CanCollar paper snap ring

Recently, Coca-Cola Partners Europe (CCEP) adopted CanCollar cardboard ring technology in a multi-can combination in the Balearic Islands of Spain. It is PEFC certified to replace the traditional Hi-cone plastic ring with CanCollar, which is recyclable and sustainably sourced, saving more than 18 tons of plastic each year.

It is reported that Spain is the first European country to use CanCollar's renewable, recyclable cardboard ring multi-package cans on the market, and is expected to be further promoted in Europe. This solution can attract consumers to the greatest extent, and at the same time, the product can be used to fix the cans together to minimize the material replacement required.

2. Heineken UK launches Green Grip paper snap ring

Heineken launched Green Grip-a plastic-free cardboard combination, which is recyclable and compostable, in thousands of supermarket retail stores in the UK this summer. At the same time, Heineken plans to expand to the rest of its beer and cider product portfolio in 2021. It is expected to reduce more than 517 tons of plastic each year, which is equivalent to 94 million plastic bags.

3. Coca-Cola HBC launched KeelClip

As early as 2019, Coca-Cola HBC (Hellenic bottling company) and Coca-Cola CCEP (European partner) announced that they will begin to launch KeelClip in multi-pack cans in Europe. This new type of packaging can even replace plastic wrap and keep the top of the tank clean. .

It has a high volume in terms of product direction and diameter. Product specifications range from 2×2 to 2×6. It can handle 12-thread, 16-thread quadruple and six-pack packages, and can be combined with other practical configurations. Coca-Cola HBC stated that it will remove shrink packaging from all canned multipurpose packaging in all EU markets by the end of 2021.

4. Anheuser-Busch InBev will be the first company to commercialize KeelClip

From March 2020, Budweiser Beer’s canned light beer Bud Light sold in the UK will be packaged in KeelClip. The beer combination is equipped with plastic snap ring/plate.

5. The Dutch Grolsch launches paper TopClip

Dutch beer brewer Grolsch first introduced Smurfit Kappa's paper TopClip multi-package tank solution to the market in March. TopClip is fully renewable, recyclable and biodegradable.

Alternative to traditional plastic clasps

1. Bio-based biodegradable material card board

Degradable materials are mainly mixed and decomposed by by-product waste and compostable materials. If injected into the ocean, they will naturally decompose and will not cause secondary disasters to the environment and organisms.

Corona is the first global beer brand to try 100% plastic-free six cans. Corona takes plastic-free production and use as a starting point to eliminate all plastics. Up to 10 cans can be connected. The product design was selected for the 2019 Cannes International Creativity Festival.
2. Carlsberg S nap package glue combination program
Carlsberg Snap Pack's glue is stronger than holding cans together during transportation and storage, but it can be easily pulled apart when needed. After separation, the glue loses its viscosity and will not stick to consumers' hands.
Carlsberg Snap Pack reduces the use of plastic in advance, and the 6-can handle is still made of plastic for easy holding. But compared with traditional plastics, it has been reduced by 76%. It is reported that this packaging solution took 3 years, and more than 40,000 kinds of glues were tried and finally came out in September 2018.
3. Hi-Cone recycled resin pull ring

Hi-Cone launch cycle, using recycled resin PCR material production. Mixing with original materials reduces non-renewable energy by 90%, reduces water consumption by 83%, reduces greenhouse gas emissions by 75% and reduces solid waste material production by 43%.

The company’s goal is to provide 100% recyclable, biodegradable or compostable alternatives by 2025, and to eliminate 100% pure plastic base pull rings from its product portfolio in the short term by the end of 2020.[Gravimetric blender]