Packaging: the environmental contribution of aluminium, plastic and paper increases

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Conai, the national packaging consortium, increases the environmental contribution (Cac) for aluminum, paper and plastic packaging placed on the market and lowers that for compostable bioplastic. The decision takes place in a general context of inflation, after a series of increases in costs linked to separate waste collection, and after a reduction in revenues from the sale of post-consumer packaging reported by the consortia Cial (which deals with aluminium), Comieco (paper ) and Corepla (plastic), which noted a reduction in capital reserves. It will be operational from 1 April 2024.

«It was therefore necessary to approve the request to increase the environmental contribution presented by the aforementioned consortia, for aluminum, paper and plastic packaging in order to ensure the separate collection, recycling and recovery service of packaging waste», we read in a note from Conai. By joining the consortium, companies that produce and use packaging pay the CAC differentiated by type of packaging, a significant part of which is paid to the participating municipalities to cover the costs deriving from separate waste collection.

The reduction of the Cac for wooden packaging remains confirmed from 1 January 2024, which goes from 8 to 7 euros per tonne, as announced last summer.


For aluminum packaging the environmental contribution will go from 7 euros to 12 euros per ton. An increase which is the consequence of a progressive reduction in the values ​​of scrap in the face of an increase in the quantities of waste managed by the consortium in charge (Cial).


The basic contribution for paper packaging will go from 35 to 65 euros per ton. From June 2022 to October 2023 the extraordinary values ​​of the waste paper had made it possible to reduce it downwards to 5 euros per tonne. Today the trend has changed. A reduction beyond expectations, which began already at the end of 2022, in the market price of waste paper together with the increase in the quantities of packaging waste managed by the supply chain consortium (Comieco) – despite the contraction in the amount released for consumption seen in 2023 – have caused a reduction in Comieco’s reserves (between the second half of 2021 and 2023) of over 150 million euros.

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