- Plastic Waste & Pollution
- Circular Economy
A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy
This strategy claims it will transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled in the EU. Better design of plastic products, higher plastic waste recycling rates, more and better quality recyclates will help boosting the market for recycled plastics.
Plastics are an important material in our economy, and modern daily life is unthinkable without them. At the same time however, they can have serious downsides on the environment and health. Action on plastics was identified as a priority in the Circular Economy Action Plan, to help European businesses and consumers to use resources in a more sustainable way.
The first-ever European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy adopted on January 2018 will transform the way plastic products are designed, used, produced and recycled in the EU. Better design of plastic products, higher plastic waste recycling rates, more and better quality recyclates will help boosting the market for recycled plastics. It will deliver greater added value for a more competitive, resilient plastics industry.
The strategy is part of Europe’s transition towards a circular economy, and will also contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals, the global climate commitments and the EU’s industrial policy objectives. This strategy will help protect our environment, reduce marine litter, greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on imported fossil fuels. It will support more sustainable and safer consumption and production patterns for plastics.
EU plastics strategy key documents:
- EU Strategy for Plastics in the Circular Economy – staff working document – brochure
- Strategy for plastics press release and questions and answers
- Factsheets on the strategy for plastics in a circular economy
- Factsheet – changing the way we use plastics (EU wide)
- Factsheet – changing the way we use plastics -EU countries (in all EU languages)
- Other 2018 Circular Economy Action Plan initiatives
EU-wide pledging campaign:
The European Commission is promoting an EU-wide pledging campaign for the uptake of recycled plastics and calls on stakeholders to come forward with ambitious voluntary pledges to boost the uptake of recycled plastics.
Proposal for a single-use plastics directive
The European Commission proposed on May 2018 new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and bandoned fishing gear. Together these constitute 70% of all marine litter items.
Single-use plastic directive key documents:
- Single-use plastics directive proposal and annex
- Impact assessment part 1 – part 2 – part 3 and summary
- Supporting study
- Implementation plan
- Synopsis report stakeholder consultation
- Single-use plastics – factsheet
- Single-use plastics – press release
- Single-use plastics – questions and answers
Conference “Reinventing Plastics – Closing the Circle”
The conference “Reinventing Plastics – Closing the Circle” took place the 26th September 2017 in Brussels and was an important opportunity to explore issues and potential solutions to be proposed in the plastics strategy.
- Infographic with facts and figures on plastic waste
- Intentionally added microplastics in products – october 2017
- Plastic study
- Coherence study
- Green paper on Plastic Waste – results of the consultation