EU Directive 94/62/CE dated 20/12/1994 on Packaging & Packaging Wastes to harmonise national programmes concerning the management of packaging and packaging wastes to acheive a high level of protection of the environment and garantee the functionning of the internal market.
Member states shall put into place measure to sort, recover, valorise and recycle packaging waste according to defined objectives - through the creation of state approved institutions.
Here are some examples:
Household packaging steel recycling is performed via several channels:
In France, 77.5% of packaging steel has be recovered in 2010.
ArcelorMittal Recycling Department manages in the frame pf Eco-Emballages and Adelphe conventions the recovery and effective recycling of household steel packaging issued from the kerbside collection and incineration via contracts signed with municipalities.
In Spain, 240kt, i.e. 85% of packaging steel were recovered in 2011. In this country, 42% of the material comes from composting plants, 27% from kerbside collection, 14% from incineration, the remaining coming from scrap yards.
ArcelorMittal is member of EcoAcero, the association for recycling of steel for packaging in Spain.
Since July 1994, regulations in France stipulate that industrial and commercial waste (DIC) have to be recovered in its entirety by the final users.
Trade unions and federations, which group together all the manufacturers of industrial steel packaging, created "Recyclacier Emballage” (Steel Packaging Recycling) in 1995. Through audits performed in the recycling plants, the Recyclacier label is delievered to demonstrate the compliance with recycling regulations.