Solutions for circular packaging within building and property sector
More circular packaging flows shall allow for recycling and ensure ensure that there is no increase in the amount of waste or the quantities of goods that are damaged.
- Special contract terms
- Packaging building and property sector
The supplier shall, no later than [contract start or other time determined by the contracting organisation], disclose the measures taken in order to promote more circular packaging and wrapping flows, recycling and reduced waste from virgin materials for the contracted products. These measures must not result in an increase in food and production waste or additional damage in transit.
The measures presented may cover one or more packaging materials at one or more levels of packaging used for packing the product; that is, the primary, secondary and tertiary packaging.
During the contractual period, the supplier shall, upon the request of the contracting organisation, be ready to demonstrate how the special contract term has been fulfilled.
When a supplier accepts the tender, it means that the special contract term will be fulfilled by the date shown in the contract. This can be followed up during the contractual period.
Request information from the supplier regarding measures that have been taken when performing the contract. Check that it is clear as to how these measures result in more circular packaging and wrapping flows or otherwise contribute to a more circular handling of packaging materials without resulting /production waste or damage in transit. Ensure that the measures taken promote recycling and help to reduce waste from virgin materials. This can be demonstrated, for example, through the use and fewer levels of packaging, thinner wrapping, choice of filling material or the use of recycled plastic.
During the contractual period, follow-up can also be carried out during, for example, appraisal meetings where the supplier presents its measures for more circular packaging and wrapping flows.
Information about the criterion
This is a functional requirement, which means that it describes what shall be achieved rather than the methods to be used for achieving it. The benefit of this kind of requirement is that it opens the way for different techniques, working methods and products with new solutions for achieving increased resource efficiency. The requirement can lead to the development of new innovations and solutions that the supplier can offer and that result in more circular packaging flows and reduced wastage from packaging and wrapping flows. See further information about setting functional requirements and market analyses under Innovation in Procurement.
A good dialogue and long-term collaboration with packaging suppliers is required in order to be able to provide long-term circular packaging solutions that maintain the relevant functionality and quality of the packaging material for the contracted building products and equipment inte the property sector.
The use of packaging and wrapping materials results in the production of large amounts of waste. Novel solutions for optimising packaging and wrapping materials therefore contribute to resource efficiency due to a reduced environmental impact from the packaged product.
When measures for packaging/wrapping are considered from an overall perspective, attention must be paid to how the material can be recycled and to ensure waste and damage in transit do not increase. A more sustainable plastic use is a transformation to more circular solutions for appropriate plastic flows which can be reused and recycled. Plastic packaging has the biggest potential for an increase material re-use, followed by plastic material and products used in the construction and property sector and in the car production industry. Optimized packaging solutions can also contribute to more lean transportation and logistic solutions.
This special contract term promotes more circular solutions and extends beyond applicable legislation stated in the Packaging Directive (Directive 94/62/EC on packaging and packaging waste). The Directive states, for example, that:
- packaging shall be used only when necessary.
- volume and weight shall be limited to what is considered necessary for maintaining satisfactory levels of safety and hygiene.
- harmfulness to the environment shall be limited through choices made regarding the substances and materials used in the packaging.
The version date indicates when the sustainability criterion was created or last updated. Last reviewed dated tells when we last checked that the sustainability criterion still is relevant.
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