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Packaging waste

NUDEC manages the EPR of the packaging of its products and complies with Law 7/2022 on Waste

In Spain, as in other European countries, work has been done to transpose European Directives 2018/852 and 2019/904. Spain’s Royal Decree RD 1055/2022 aims to promote prevention in the production of packaging waste (defined as any product used to contain, protect, handle, distribute and present merchandise) and develops the mandatory regime of extended producer responsibility, which assumes the cost of managing this waste with circular economy criteria, whatever the material.

For the external management of packaging waste from our products, we collaborate with:

Information for the correct recycling of packaging

In addition to being a legal requirement, by recycling used packaging you contribute to protecting the environment and the Earth’s natural resources. We provide you with the information at our disposal on the manufacturing materials of the packaging with which we protect our products (we cannot be held responsible in the event of incorrect information provided by our suppliers).

Reuse or recover everything you can and, once you have finished using it, consult the regulations of your municipality to confirm correct waste management.

Wooden pallet | RIC ’50 FOR’

The sales format of our plastic sheets is the pallet, where, depending on the thickness of the sheet and its dimensions, we stack a specified amount that preserves the quality of the product and facilitates its transport. The number of sheets that we place on each pallet can be checked, depending on the dimensions and references in the product range.

♲ Our pallets are made to order with virgin wood (to ensure the quality of our products), so they are a potentially high-quality reusable elements.

Corrugated cardboard sheet | RIC ’20 PAP’

We place a sheet of cardboard at the bottom (so that the plastic sheets are not in contact with the wood) and another at the top to protect them from the environment. This material can easily be cut into smaller pieces and reused.

♲ Material 100 % of recycled origin.

Pressed cardboard corner pieces | RIC ’21 PAP’

We place corner pieces at the corners and on the upper edge of the pallet to prevent chipping of the corners of the plastic sheets in the event of an accidental blow. The material is reusable.

♲ Material 100 % of recycled origin.

Stretch film | RIC ‘4 LDPE’

We apply five wraps (according to our product packaging instructions) of 23 micron stretch film around the pallet to protect it from dust.

♲ Material 70 % of recycled origin.

Seal | RIC ‘5 PP’

We use the minimum possible amount of plastic seal to ensure that the product is completely insulated from the environment.

Strap | RIC ‘1 PET’ We apply two, three or four straps, depending on the design of the pallet and its dimensions, to fix the upper load and avoid friction and possible damage to the product.

Labels and paper envelope | RIC ’22 PAP’

The ‘Very fragile’, ‘Product OK’ material labels, or material handling indications, are now essential to comply with the regulatory requirements of other certifications (ISO 9001). We are working on actions to improve sustainability, such as the new paper envelopes instead of PP.

Logistics labels | RIC ‘5 PP’

We follow the traceability of our products (from the raw material to the delivery destination) by means of thermoprinted barcodes on polypropylene labels.

Protective film for the sheets | RIC ‘4 LDPE’ We apply film on both sides of the plastic sheets in order to protect them from superficial scratches, during both transport and handling by the client, as well as to help with thermal, machining or other processes that our customers may apply to the sheets.

Royal Decree on Packaging and Packaging Waste

Following the approval of Royal Decree 1055/2022 on Packaging and Packaging Waste on December 28, 2022, new obligations for companies have been created. This new standard applies to packaging and packaging waste (whatever the material) with the intention of preventing and reducing its impact on the environment throughout its life cycle. In addition, it modifies the Extended Producer Responsibility of businesses and industries, forcing them to take charge of the financing and management of packaging placed on the market and its possible waste.

To comply with the new legal requirement, companies must create their own Extended Producer Responsibility Individual System (EPRIS) or join a Extended Producer Responsibility Collective System (EPRCS), where the system assumes a large part of the individual obligations of companies and, therefore, makes it easier for them to comply with the new obligation. The financial contribution of producers to these systems is modulated by incorporating criteria such as reuse, recycling or the incorporation of recycled materials, among others.

In this regard, NUDEC is part of the Envalora and RIGK EPRCS in order to comply with their obligations in Spain (which will begin operating in 2024) and Germany (from 2022), respectively. Thus, our organisation’s clients are guaranteed that packaging waste accompanying NUDEC products will be managed correctly.

Scope of application of the new Packaging Law and its objectives

The Royal Decree on Packaging and Packaging Waste 1055/2022, of December 27, which replaces the previous packaging law 11/1997, of April 24, will be applicable to all packaging and its waste put on the Spanish market, regardless of its origin (industry, commerce or households).

The new standard has a preventative approach derived from the recently approved European Directives and the UN Global Compact, hence it establishes clear objectives for prevention, reuse and recycling of packaging of marketed products.

Prevention objectives

  • By 2030, ensure that 100 % of packaging put on the market is recyclable and, if possible, reusable.
  • Make further progress towards ending the marketing of single-use plastic packaging and other single-use plastic products.
  • By 2025, achieve a 13 % reduction in the weight of packaging waste that was generated in 2010, and a 15 % reduction by 2030.

Reuse objectives

  • In industry, proportion of reusables of 20 % and 30 % by 2030 and 2050 respectively.
  • Standardization of packaging and replacement of single-use packaging with reusable and reused packaging.
  • Address life cycle analysis and economic cost/ecological benefit analysis for the selection of packaging materials.

Recycling objectives

  • By 2025, recycle a minimum of 65 % by weight of all packaging waste and a minimum of 70 % by 2030.
  • Requirements on mandatory minimum content of recycled plastic in packaging (55 % of the weight in the case of plastic).
  • Ecodesign requirements that must be met throughout the entire life cycle of packaging.