As part of the new EU action plan for a circular economy published in December 2015, the EU’s Waste Framework legislation will be revised, with special attention given to roots of environmental pollution and hazardous waste, such as packaging and plastics. Setting ambitious standards is of utmost importance to improve product and product packaging sustainability requirements, especially for home and industrial composting, and ultimately for recycling.

Enabling the biodegradability of plastics is also essential considering its substantial proportion in the total amount of waste generated (approximately 10%), its low recovery rate (approximately 5%) and the disproportionate amount of time needed for plastics to degrade into the environment.

ECOS will work to set clear and ambitious sustainability requirements for product and product packaging, good waste composting and recycling practices, and to improve conditions for plastics biodegradability.


  • Participate in the drafting of ambitious conditions for the biodegradation and composting of plastics and packaging (EN 14995 and EN 13432)
  • Contribute to the development of standards enabling conditions for home composting, as well as industrial composting
  • Promote convergence between standardisation work and EU policy developments linked to biodegradability, composting and recycling conditions for packaging and packaging products, in the context of the Circular Economy Package

ECOS contributes to:

  • CEN/TC 249: Plastics
  • CEN/TC 261: Packaging


ioanaFor more details on ECOS’ work on packaging and plastics, please contact:
Ioana Popescu

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