European environmentalists agree packaging agenda

Fifty-five European non-governmental organisations (NGOs) meeting in Amsterdam have established a common campaign agenda on packaging issues for 1993. High on their list are waste prevention and minimisation, the reintroduction of refill systems in Western Europe, and opposition to the introduction of one-way packaging in Eastern Europe.

One of the environmentalists' main concerns is what they regard as the gradual weakening of the proposed EC Directive on packaging (ENDS Report 210, p 32 ). "Every new draft has shown further watering down and confusion and would lead to lower standards in many Member States," according to Teo Wams of Friends of t

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