In the early 1990s, Europeans—and especially Germans—realized they had an impending garbage problem. Landfill capacity was shrinking, but amounts of packaging and other waste materials generated by industries and consumers kept growing.
At that time, packaging accounted for 25 to 30% of European landfill waste, and industry was doing little to address the issue. Faced with an impending crisis, Germany passed legislation to curb amounts of packaging waste being generated.
Other European governments soon followed Germany’s lead, and in 1994 the European Union adopted the European Packaging Directive (94/62/EEC) on Packaging and Packaging Waste.
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