Interview: Which trends and developments do you need to consider as a producer or distributor of packaging and products?  

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More and more products and packagings are being placed on international markets. To ensure that these are kept in circulation for as long as possible, there are a number of international and national laws and regulations.

Producers and distributors must always stay up to date. Otherwise they could risk fines or sales bans. But how do you know which regulations and requirements apply to you? Alžbeta Benková, Sales Manager at RecycleMe s.r.o., explains how companies can prepare for the circular future.

Mrs. Benková, what are some of the requirements that companies must fulfil?

Companies are facing various legal requrirements, that differ from country to country. Whether it’s the Single-Use Plastics Directive, packaging laws, labelling requirements or licensing obligations – businesses are confronted with national and international requirements at many levels that they need to be aware of and comply with.

How would you recommend that companies best prepare for these challenges?

It is a very complex issue. The number of regulations is growing and with the forthcoming Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive (PPWR), companies will face further requirements and challenges on European markets.

Companies must be aware of all the requirements to which they are subject in various markets. And even when they are aware, they still need to build up the necessary expertise to implement all specifications.

This can be a very time-consuming and resource-intensive process. That’s why I would recommend trusting the expertise of proven experts like RecycleMe. Because companies that fail to meet their obligations face legal prosecution, fines and negative publicity.

How can your costumers profit from RecycleMe?

We are offering comprehensive and exclusive services as consultants and implementation partners:

1. Analysation and identification of compliance situation in relevant country markets

As a first step, we can support with pre-checks and analyse the specific situation of a company, identifying the legal requirements in the relevant country markets.

2. Ongoing Monitoring of legal situation and developments

Once a status quo is identified, we offer an ongoing, tailor-made monitoring-service. Our customers are always kept up to date about important developments and legal changes.

We also keep our costumers informed on trends or event related to circular economy and Extended Producer Responsibility. For example: You need to know about current recycling capacities in Poland? We will elaborate a resprective Study. With our strong group background and international network, we have unique expertise worldwide.

3. Support with international labeling requirements

Our experts educate companies on the various European packaging labeling requirements. In addition to general European guidelines within the framework of the EU Packaging Directive, there are often much stricter requirements to be met at national level. Our services cover all aspects of international labeling requirements and can advise your company on these issues.

4. Packaging data analysis

We carry out precise analyses of the packaging quantities from our customers’ product ranges. To do this, we use our officially recognised sampling method, in which representative articles are selected for a quality-assured master data analysis based on the previous year’s import quantities.

We then subject the packaging of these items and their individual components to precise analysis and weighing in our weighing facilities. As part of this process, the respective product groups, packaging types and material fractions are precisely categorised and the packaging data collected is professionally documented and processed.

5. Reporting optimisation

Based on the data we collect, we help our customers to fulfil their reporting obligations as efficiently and accurately as possible.

What sets RecycleMe apart from other providers?

Our services cover the entire packaging cycle for our customers. Thanks to our Group background, we are very well networked and have expertise in many different national markets worldwide. The circular economy of the future can only function internationally and manufacturers and distributors must adapt to this. We are the perfect partner for this transformation.

If you have questions regarding the Slovak market or any other international markets, feel free to contact our experts at contact.sk@recycleme.eco.

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