With the purpose to encourage the use of more recyclable packaging, linking the Environmental Contribution to the environmental impact of end of life/new life stages, CONAI has decided to diversify the amount of CONAI Environmental Contribution for plastic packaging. Pending the fixing of the new contributory values, the Technical Guide published in September 2016 shows the innovations of the new system, in order to enable companies to assess its effects on management procedures and information systems currently in use.

The CONAI Environmental Contribution ("CAC"), established for each type of packaging material, is the form of financing through which CONAI divides between producers and users the higher costs of separate collection, of recycling and of recovery of packaging waste.

With the purpose to encourage the use of more recyclable packaging, linking the Environmental Contribution to the environmental impact of end of life/new life stages, CONAI has recently launched a projected aimed at implementing diversified contributions for plastic packaging by defining three guiding criteria: ease of selection, recyclability, prevalent packaging circuit[1].

Based on the aforesaid criteria, the following three categories of plastic packaging have been identified:

  • selectable and recyclable packaging from "Commerce & Industry" circuit;
  • selectable and recyclable packaging from "Home" circuit;
  • non-selectable/recyclable packaging according to current technologies.

Recyclable packaging from "Home" circuit will benefit from a preferential CAC, while packaging from "Commerce & Industry" circuit will enjoy a greater benefit[2]. Instead, packaging whose end of life/new life cycle requires a more difficult management will pay a higher contribution.

The project, announced in September 2016, will undergo in 2017 a testing period of approximately six months during which companies associated with CONAI may make the CAC declaration using the new system (although one single CAC value will be maintained for plastic packaging).

The new contributory values, which will be gradually defined, will be announced at least six months before the entry into force (still not specified and depending on the outcome of the test period) of the new declaration system.

In September 2016 a Technical Guide was published in order to illustrate the news concerning the CAC application, declaration and exemptions[3]; pending the fixing of contribution levels for plastic packaging, the Technical Guide has conventionally adopted symbolic values for the three types of packaging subject to diversified contribution.