New Recycling Regulation for Plastic Materials

Wednesday, 30 November 2022

On 20 September 2022, the European Commission (EC) adopted and published Regulation (EU) 2022/1616 on recycled plastic materials and articles intended to come into contact with foods. This Regulation repeals Regulation (EC) No. 282/2008 and entered into force on 10 October 2022. Recycled plastic can become contaminated during its processing if it is in contact with other materials such as waste. If contaminated recycled plastic is then used to produce food contact materials, that contamination can pass into the food.

The new recycling regulation provides a harmonised legal framework across the European Union, to ensure the safety of recycled plastic intended to come into contact with food. Under the new recycling regulation, recyclers must register their recycling installations and recycling schemes with the EC and notify the relevant competent authority of the territory where the respective entity (installation, recycling operator, etc.) is located. In Ireland, the competent authority for this is the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

The new recycling regulation will provide a publicly available EU list of novel technologies, recyclers, recycling processes, recycling schemes and decontamination installations.

New Recycling Regulation for Plastic Materials