Single-use plastic strategy being put forward by the Commission
In May, the European Commission will reveal their new strategy concerning the ‘single-use of plastics’. This follows the Euro-wide strategy adopted in January this year, where EU countries were challenged to be part of a transition towards a ‘circular economy’. To summarise, this could transform the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU. It will also contribute towards reaching the Sustainable Development Goals.
Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85% of beach litter. Moreover, plastics are even reaching citizens’ lungs and dinner tables, with micro-plastics in air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. Thus, a reinvented plastic economy could have noticeable changes on a diverse range of social, environmental and economic factors locally and regionally.
For more information regarding the initial strategy, follow the link below, where you be will redirected to the European Commission’s article: Plastic Proposal
The circular economy- at the heart of the Commission’s new proposals- is fruitfully explained in this video from the European Environment Agency