Simple reusable solutions to throwaway plastic cups, plates, cutlery and takeaway boxes are working across Europe – but need governments’ backing to take off and power the #ReuseRevolution.
On September 24, in Brussels, DG Research and Innovation (European Commission) organised a meeting session on "The Future of Plastics". ECOS Head of Circular Economy Policy, Doreen Fedrigo was invited to speak about the impact of plastics on humans and the environment.
The so-called Single-Use Plastics Directive, which aims at reducing the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, was formally adopted and published in the Official Journal of the European Union in June 2019. It then entered into force on 2 July, thus beginning a two-year transposition period for EU Member States.
Back in January 2018, the European Commission published its European Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy, aiming at rethinking the way plastic is produced, used and disposed of.
The report offers a comprehensive analysis of the existing policy tools, and makes four policy recommendations to drive a more environmentally-sound design of plastic and products containing plastic in a circular economy.
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Because of the health and environmental risks, European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) issued an EU-wide restriction proposal for microplastic particles that are intentionally added to products and are likely to end up in the environment.