What is not Packaging

Regulatory references – Legislative Decree No 152/06

European Directive 2004/12/EC on packaging and packaging waste (which amended and supplemented Directive 94/62/EC) was transposed into Italian law under Legislative Decree No 152/06 (pursuant to Legislative Decree No 22/97). Article 218 (definitions), paragraph 1, states that: “The following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this Title: a. packaging: all products made of any materials to be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery and presentation of goods, from raw materials to finished products, from the producer to the user or the consumer, including non-returnable items used for the same purposes; b. sales packaging or primary packaging: packaging conceived so as to constitute a sales unit to the final user or consumer at the point of purchase; c. grouped packaging or secondary packaging: packaging conceived so as to constitute at the point of purchase a grouping of a certain number of sales units whether the latter is sold as such to the final user or consumer or whether it serves only as a means to replenish the shelves at the point of sale, and which can be removed from the product without affecting its characteristics; d. transport packaging or tertiary packaging: packaging conceived so as to facilitate handling and transport of goods, from raw materials to finished products, or of a certain number of sales units or grouped packaging to prevent physical handling and transport damage, excluding containers for road, rail, sea and air transport”. Moreover, Annex E, point 2, of Legislative Decree No 152/06 states that the definition of “packaging” shall be based on the following criteria: i)items shall be considered to be packaging if they fulfil the definition above without prejudice to other functions which the packaging might also perform, unless the item is an integral part of a product and it is necessary to contain, support or preserve that product throughout its lifetime and all elements are intended to be used, consumed or disposed of together; ii) items designed and intended to be filled at the point of sale and disposable items sold, filled or designed and intended to be filled at the point of sale shall be considered to be packaging provided they fulfil a packaging function; iii) packaging components and ancillary elements integrated into packaging shall be considered to be part of the packaging into which they are integrated. Ancillary elements hung directly on, or attached to, a product and which perform a packaging function shall be considered to be packaging unless they are an integral part of this product and all elements are intended to be consumed or disposed of together. The Ministerial Decree of 22 April 2014* (which transposed European Directive 2013/2/EU in Italy), published in the Official Gazette on 14/06/2014, updated the illustrative examples for the interpretative criteria set out in this annex.

 Many judgements** have recognised Conai’s competence over contested items.

There are two reference lists below, by way of example but not limited thereto, of “packaging” or “non-packaging” items.

NB:

  • every item on these lists could also be made from different materials to the item potentially shown in the image;
  • explicit reference is made to any items which are covered by a flat rate or exempt from the Environmental Contribution or have special exclusions approved by consortium bodies.

 

 

Boxes – cases for durable goods (jewellery, spectacles, games, cameras, etc.)

Boxes – cases for durable goods (jewellery, spectacles, games, cameras, etc.)

Cake doilies sold without a cake

Cake doilies sold without a cake

Capsules for beverage systems capsules for coffee dispensers, aluminium bags for coffee and paper filter bags for coffee which are thrown away together with used coffee grounds

Capsules for beverage systems capsules for coffee dispensers, aluminium bags for coffee and paper filter bags for coffee which are thrown away together with used coffee grounds

Cases for snow chains

Cases for snow chains

CD, DVD and video cassette cases (sold together with a CD, DVD or video cassette inside)

CD, DVD and video cassette cases (sold together with a CD, DVD or video cassette inside)

Clear plastic film intended exclusively for domestic use

Clear plastic film intended exclusively for domestic use

Clothes hangers (sold separately)

Clothes hangers (sold separately)

For details, see Conai circular dated 7th October 2013
Envelopes for documents and cards

Envelopes for documents and cards

First-aid kit

First-aid kit

Grave side lights (containers for candles)

Grave side lights (containers for candles)

Mechanical grinders (built into refillable receptacles, e.g. refillable pepper mills)

Mechanical grinders (built into refillable receptacles, e.g. refillable pepper mills)

Metal boxes for ammunition

Metal boxes for ammunition

Office folders – Binders

Office folders – Binders

Packaged rolls of aluminium foil, intended exclusively for domestic use

Packaged rolls of aluminium foil, intended exclusively for domestic use

See specific environmental contribution waiver procedure for packaged rolls of aluminium foil, exclusively for domestic use (Form 6.18 and accompanying instructions, Conai Guide).
Paper cases for bakery products (sold empty)

Paper cases for bakery products (sold empty)

Plastic disposable tableware (plates and cups) in packs, exclusively for domestic use

Plastic disposable tableware (plates and cups) in packs, exclusively for domestic use

See specific environmental contribution waiver procedure (Form 6.19 and accompanying instructions, Conai Guide).
Plastic film used to wrap luggage at the airport

Plastic film used to wrap luggage at the airport

Printer cartridges

Printer cartridges

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags

Radio frequency identification (RFID) tags

Sausage skins

Sausage skins

Scaffold frame containers

Scaffold frame containers

Soluble sachets for detergents

Soluble sachets for detergents

Spine di contenimento per CD - spindle (vendute vuote, destinate ad essere usate per custodire i CD)

Spine di contenimento per CD - spindle (vendute vuote, destinate ad essere usate per custodire i CD)

Tea bags (filter)

Tea bags (filter)

Teaspoons, disposable cutlery, drinking straws and stirrers

Teaspoons, disposable cutlery, drinking straws and stirrers

Tool boxes

Tool boxes

Wax layers around cheese

Wax layers around cheese

Wrapping paper

Wrapping paper

Sold separately