The purpose of the directive is to tackle plastic pollution by reducing single use plastics and promoting recycling. The talks were planned on May 23rd but were posponned to today May 28th.
Here’s a short summary of what “A European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy” proposes at this point in time:
- All plastic packaging should be reusable or recyclable by 2030.
- 90% of plastic bottles will be collected for recycling.
- 50% of plastic waste should be recycled by 2040.
- Caps should be attached to the plastic bottles and drink cartons
- Reduce the use of microplastics especially in cosmetics and reduce the use of single use plastics
- Ban plastic objects when there’s an alternative such as for plastic bags, cups, caps, straws
- Producers should pay for the collection, transport and processing of plastic
- More funds to research and innovation for degradable and compostable plastics
The legislative process is the following: the proposal should be approved by the Commission first and then by the European Parliament and Member States.
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