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Packaging waste management targets are met

2010-07-02

Packaging waste management targets are met

The Environmental Protection Agency has drawn up and submitted to the European Commission the 2008 report on meeting packaging waste management targets. In 2008, some 330,000 tons of packaging were supplied to the Lithuanian market, i.e. almost 99 kg per capita. Therefore, it is no wonder that packaging waste management should get a special attention.

To ensure environment protection from the negative impact of packaging waste, EU Member States, including the Republic of Lithuania, must encourage the collection, recycling and/or other reuse of packaging waste.

When acceding to the European Union, Lithuania undertook to meet packaging waste management targets set for Member States, starting with 2006: to reuse at least 50% of packaging waste and to recycle at least 25% of packaging waste (at least 15% of each individual type of packaging). Starting with 2012, these targets will be set higher.

When setting national targets for packaging waste management, Lithuania seeks to ensure the sorting of packaging and other recyclable waste disposed as municipal waste. As much waste as possible must be collected separately and recycled or otherwise reused.

According to the data of the Environmental Protection Agency, in 2008 Lithuania not only met the targets set by the EU but also met almost all national targets. Approximately 52% of packaging (mostly paper and cardboard packaging (73%)) were recycled. Targets for the reuse of packaging waste (to reuse 50 to 65% of packaging waste) were also met. The target for the recycling of glass packaging set by the resolution of the Lithuanian Government is still to be met. In 2008, only 50% (instead of the target 64%) of glass packaging were recycled.

Ministry of Environment information

2 July 2010

Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas
Minister of Environment of Lithuania Kęstutis Navickas