European Commission announces industry plan to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025
More than 100 public and private partners covering the entire value chain of plastics have signed the declaration of the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a recycled plastics market that in the European Union (EU).
The declaration establishes how the alliance will reach the goal of 10 million tons of recycled plastic used to be used in manufacture of new products every year in Europe, by 2025 . The objective was established by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy, as part of its efforts to promote the recycling of plastics in Europe.
The first vice president of the EU Commission, Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development, welcomed “ the industry’s commitments rethink the way we produce and use plastics. By efficiently recycling plastics, we will clean up the planet and fight climate change, by substituting fossil fuels with plastic waste in the production cycle.
Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said that “we have the opportunity to make our industry a world leader in recycled plastics. We should take full advantage of it to protect the environment, create new jobs in this sector and remain competitive. ”
The declaration, signed by small and medium enterprises, large corporations, business associations, research organizations and local and national authorities, supports the goal of 10 million tons and requires a change to zero plastic waste in nature and zero landfills.
It establishes concrete actions to achieve the objective, which include: improving the design of plastic products to make them more recyclable and integrating more recycled plastics; identifying the untapped potential for greater collection, classification and recycling of plastic waste throughout the EU.
It also calls for the construction of a research and development agenda for circular plastics and the establishment of a transparent and reliable monitoring system to track all flows of plastic waste in the EU.