EU Politics & Legislation

European Parliament Takes Decision on Biodegradable and Compostable Plastics

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on the European Commission’s plans to cut plastic pollution under the Plastics Strategy.

The European Parliament’s committee voted on July 10th and  went further than the European Commission

  • A ban on microplastics in cosmetics, personal care, detergents and cleaning products by 2020.
  • A complete ban on oxo-degradable plastics – a source of microplastic pollution – by 2020.
  • A recognition that biodegradable and compostable plastics do not prevent plastic waste in our oceans and should not be an excuse to keep using single-use plastics.
  • Any taxation of plastics should go towards preventing plastic waste generation.
  • The reduction of hazardous substances in plastics, to ensure that what is recycled is free from dangerous chemicals.

Closing Remarks

The strategy taken by the bioplastics (Biodegradable) plastics producers did not pay off. A strategic mistake has been made by the biodegradable sector to defend their interest at European level.