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15 January 2021

New regulations regarding Environmental Labeling

The Legislative Decree of 3 September 2020 has introduced important innovations regarding environmental labeling. This regulations requires that allo packaging will be properly labeled according to the applicable UNI technical standards.

On 31 December 2020, the Decree-Law of 31 December 2020, n. 183, also known as the "decree of one thousand extensions".

The art. 15 paragraph 6 of the aforementioned decree, provides that "The application of Article 219, paragraph 5, of Legislative Decree No. 152 of 3 April 2006, and subsequent amendments, is suspensed until 31 December 2021".

This means that until 31 December 2021 the application of article 219 paragraph 5 is suspended, which states that "All packaging must be appropriately labeled according to the procedures established by the applicable UNI technical standards and in compliance with the decisions adopted by the Commission of the European Union, to facilitate the collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging, as well as to provide consumers with correct information on their final destinations.

However, for producers remain "the obligation to indicate, for the purposes of identification and classification of the packaging, the nature of the packaging's material used, on the basis of Commission Decision 97/129/EC".

The recently introduced regulations aims to facilitate the collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging, as well as to provide consumers with correct information on their final destinations.

During the order phase, it becomes essential, verify whether the type of packaging supplied will have the final consumers as its destination or whether it will have an industrial use, as the label will vary depending on the destination.

For more technical information, please refer to the reference link of the guidelines drawn up by CONAI

To consult article 15 paragraph 6, of the decree law 31 December 2020, n. 183 also called "decree thousand extensions" we provide the link to the official gazette.

To consult article 219 paragraph 5 of the legislative decree 3 April 2006, n. 152 and subsequent amendments (environmental labeling) we provide the reference in the official gazette.

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