Environmental Labeling of Packaging
Pursuant to Legislative Decree No. 116 of September 3, 2020, which implements EU Directive 2018/851 on reﬁts and EU Directive 2018/852 on packaging and packaging reﬁts pursuant to the “Guidelines on Packaging Labeling Pursuant to Article 219 paragraph 5 of Legislative Decree 152/2006, as amended,” issued by Decree No. 360 of September 28, 2022, of the Ministry of Environment and Energy Security.
According to the provisions of Article 219, paragraph 5, “All packaging shall be properly labeled in accordance with the modalities established by the applicable UNI technical standards /…/ in order to facilitate the collection, reuse, recovery and recycling of packaging, as well as to give correct information to consumers on the final destinations of packaging.”
Producers are also obliged to indicate for the purpose of packaging identiﬁcation and classiﬁcation, the nature of the packaging materials used, based on Commission Decision 129/97/EC.
Each company is free to communicate by freely chosen graphic and presentation methods, as long as they are effective and consistent with the objectives set forth in Article 219, paragraph 5.
The obligation of environmental labeling came into effect on January 01, 2023.
The labeling of packaging intended for commercial and/or industrial use (B2B).
Packaging intended for B2B, e.g., packaging intended for professionals, or packaging for transport or related to logistics or exhibition activities, may not present the information related to the final destination of the packaging, but must mandatorily display the composition material coding in accordance with Decision 129/97/EC. As an alternative to physically affixing the labeling to the packaging, the required and optional information may be made available through digital channels of choice or through transport documents or other documentation accompanying the goods.