More sustainable packaging gives moving industry extra homework 

April 11, 2024

By Koenraad Vangoidsenhoven, Director, Belgian Removers Association, BKV-CD 

If it depends on Europe, all packaging in Europe should be recyclable by 2030. This also poses challenges for the moving industry. 

As we speak, the new European regulations around increased recyclability of packaging materials are in the final straight. The Packaging and Packaging Waste Regulation (PPWR) not only stipulates that by 2030 all packaging in the European Union must be recyclable, it also establishes that the percentage of recyclate in new packaging must systematically increase. 

The debate around packaging waste often focuses on the private consumer, but when you consider that the volume of industrial packaging waste in Belgium is even slightly more groty than the household one, you understand that the tightened waste standards are also an issue for sectors such as the moving industry. After all, making packaging materials sustainable must go hand in hand with maintaining the strength and quality of the packaging material. Moving goods must remain protected at all times. 

At the same time, it is clear that there are limits to the standardisation story, if only because proprietary packaging is and will remain a marketing tool for moving firms. 

These evolutions also come at a price, as high-quality recyclate-based packaging is not necessarily cheaper than its counterparts from ‘fresh’ raw materials. 

In short, to meet the EU’s stringent packaging guidelines, the entire moving industry needs to consider a plan of action for these challenges.