EU product labelling and disposal labelling
Why is EU product and disposal labelling required?
Product labelling and disposal labelling in the EU is important to facilitate the collection, reuse and recovery (including recycling) of products respectively packaging.
Who is required to label packaging and how?
Manufacturers, importers and online retailers are defined as producers and are subject to the direct or indirect obligation to properly label them in accordance with country-specific regulations. It should be noted that in case of doubt not only B2C but also B2B packaging (e.g. Italy) has to be taken into account.
97/129/EC: more and more member states are introducing a requirement to use the alphanumeric codes established by the EU Commission to identify the packaging material.
Marking according to 97/129/EC: is mandatory for example in Latvia, Italy, Malta etc.
Other labelling requirements: are required for example in France.
Voluntary labelling: is desirable for example for Portugal, Poland etc.
If material is specified, then according to 97/129/EC: is relevant for example in Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, etc.
Product and disposal labelling requirements at a glance
As a general rule, product or disposal labels should be clearly visible, legible, sufficiently durable and stable, even after the packaging has been opened.
- Triman symbol: It is mandatory on household packaging in France. The consumer has to be informed about the existing sorting regulations. It can be freely applied.
- Möbius loop with alphanumeric codes: The Möbius loop must be applied to all packaging in some countries; in others, the application requires accreditation.
- Tidyman: Mandatory on all packaging in Bulgaria. Should lead to disposal in designated waste containers. It can be freely applied.
- Sorting information: Country-specific sorting information on packaging are intended to indicate to consumers the correct waste disposal. In France, freely available only to registered producers and their suppliers.
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