Position Paper on Circular Economy Package 2016

Metal Packaging Europe welcomes the revised Circular Economy Package. The Commission’s proposal amending Directive 2008/98/EC on waste (WFD) and Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste (PPWD) are an important step towards an improved European policy framework to encourage the transition towards a circular economy and to ensure sustainable growth.

With regard to metal packaging, an effective waste management system and clear rules on recycling are key in order to achieve these aims and to increase resource efficiency by turning waste into a raw material resource. Harmonised and improved reporting mechanisms are crucial for a better data quality of recycling statistics, which are key to track the development towards a circular economy.

Aluminium and steel – due to their unique characteristics as permanent materials – can make a decisive contribution in helping to close the material loop and to support the creation of a circular economy. Given their multiple recycling potential, metals are perfectly suited to respond to the objectives of the Commission proposals for the WFD and PPWD.

Please download our position paper (below) for more detailed information on :

  • Joint preparing for re-use and recycling target
  • Multiple recycling & permanent materials
  • Legal framework for Extended Producer Responsibility
  • Measurement point of recycling: input waste into final recycling
  • Calculation formula in PPWD: Clarification of wording

For further information, please contact:


Metal Packaging Europe aisbl
Square de Meeûs 40 – 1000 Brussels – Belgium
+32 2 401 68 72

About MPE

Metal Packaging Europe (MPE) is the umbrella organisation representing producers and suppliers of rigid aluminium and steel packaging across Europe. It was created so that its member companies, who are active in respectively APEAL (Association of European Producers of Steel for Packaging), BCME (Beverage Can Makers Europe), European Aluminium and Empac (European Metal Packaging), can contribute more effectively to sustainable developments and resource efficiency, acting as a unified sector involving all parties in the chain.