ARAM aims to support the practical solutions needed to cope with the impact on the environment caused by the packaging used, in such a way that Romanian consumers continue to enjoy, through the variety of packaging, the widest possible range of products. This approach must harmonize economic interests with those of environmental protection and try to minimize the amount of waste in landfills throughout the country.
ARAM considers that:
- The common goal of industry, central and local government authorities and the community must be an integrated system for recovering used packaging that is both economically and environmentally useful.
- There must be complete freedom in the choice of materials used for the packaging of consumer goods, provided that the application of internationally recognized sanitary standards.
Non-returnable packaging, after its contents have been consumed, does not necessarily represent worthless waste: the creation of secondary markets for their materials would be a stimulus and a real possibility for the recovery of these packaging.
- Consequently, any future packaging legislation must take into account both returnable and non-returnable packaging, thus in line with the European trend, as defined in the European Union Packaging and Waste Packaging Directive, adopted. in December 1994.
- Once packaging can no longer be used as a container, organizations and authorities involved in packaging waste (industry, consumers, central and local government authorities) must each correctly assume their share of responsibility in solving the problem. .
- The industry must be allowed to organize through packaging legislation herself the way he assumes his share of responsibility.
- The only realistic way to set up an efficient system for recovering used packaging is step by step, allowing all recovery options (recycling, incineration with energy recovery, bio-methanation). This step-by-step approach is essential for creating viable secondary markets for the materials involved.