Article 9″ of the European Union (EU) regulation on Packaging and Packaging Waste aims to minimize the amount of packaging placed on the market and promote its reuse and recycling. This EU Directive targets for the recycling of packaging waste. It also requires producers of packaging to contribute to the cost of collecting and treating this waste. A recent Packaging Europe article, describes the article in more detail.
Additionally, the regulation sets out requirements for the design and labelling of packaging. This is with a view to reducing its environmental impact. Overall, the goal is to ensure that packaging is used in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner. While still fulfilling its essential role in protecting and preserving goods during transportation and storage.
Minimizing packaging and reducing wasted space in shipping is important for several reasons:
Overall, minimizing packaging and reducing wasted space in shipping are key elements of sustainable and efficient supply chains, and can help to reduce the environmental impact of transportation and storage while also improving the customer experience and saving costs.
With this new EU directive, the UK is likely to follow so businesses should ensure that they are working to an empty space ratio of 40% maximum going forward.
As well as offering a range of sizes to suit the needs of your goods and space available, we also have additional products to help maximise space, including:
Container Insert Tubs – available in two sizes are designed to work with 600x400mm crates to give you compartmental storage. These tubs work with our Euro Containers, Tote Boxes, Automation Crates, Folding Crates and Stack/Nest Crates. The tubs nest when not in use and are made from 100% recycled polypropylene meaning they avoid plastic tax costs and can be recycled. The tubs have an area for barcode tracking, and they are compatible with most robotic systems.
Horizontal Dividers – internal horizontal divider to optimize storage within our range of container & crates. Maximise the number of products stored within the container. Available in four sizes these dividers have an ergonomic handle hole cut into them to allow for easy removal.
Euro Container Dividers – configurable dividers for use in our range of 600mm x 400mm euro containers. Specially designed to allow multiple permutations of slots or space divisions, depending on your needs.