S KOREA – The final texts of the ISO world standards on Packaging and the Environment have been approved, and will be available to industry by October 2012.
On 24 May 2012, the final texts of the ISO standards on Packaging and the Environment were approved unanimously at the plenary meeting of the ISO Committee TC122/SC4 Packaging and Environment, at the COEX Conference Centre in Seoul, South Korea.
The ISO standards address Optimization of the packaging system, Reuse, Material recycling, Energy recovery and Composting, as well as the way these aspects of each package are related to each other before and after its use.
Packaging supplier, brand owner, and retailers can implement the standards in their production and management system and “thereby take responsibility for their specific part in the sustainable innovation of packages, packaged products, retail and recycling,” the ISO Committee said in a press statement.
The ISO standards have now been released for translation and are expected to be ready for publication and made available to industry by October 2012 via the national standardization institutes, which together constitute the worldwide International Standardization Organization (ISO).