On January 16, the Commission adopted an EU-wide strategy on Plastics as part of the 2015 Action Plan on Circular Economy. The strategy lays the foundations for a new plastics economy that respects reuse, repair and recycling needs and includes development of more sustainable materials.
It presents key commitments for action at EU level to boost demand for recycled plastics, curb plastic waste and microplastics and to support global action. Legislative measures will be proposed to the Council and Parliament throughout this and next year. For the full list of planned actions and their timeline see Annex I of the Communication.
Role of private sector
The private sector also has a central role in this strategy, as the Commission also calls upon the companies to mobilise through a number of activities. Among others, the EC asks companies to contribute through public consultations, commit to voluntary pledges and cross-sector collaboration. From more information please note that CSR Europe is currently preparing an issue insight on this topic for its members.
Public consultation on single-use plastics
We would also like to draw your attention to the ongoing public consultation that will be closing soon, to provide input, opinions and data for preparation of follow-up to the Plastics Strategy in relation to a.o. single-use plastics. Companies can contribute until February 12, 2018.
Chemical, product and waste legislation
Intertwined with the Plastics Strategy, the Commission also published a communication on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation that identifies the four most critical issues that hamper recycling, such as lack of information on presence of substances of concern and harmonisation on EU’s end-of-waste rules. For more information please see the dedicated EC staff working document, which lays out several options to address these issues that will be subject to a public consultation in the next 12 weeks, said to be published this week.
To update you on the plastics strategy and the communication on the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, CSR Europe will organise an EU update webinar on February 27. If you want to register, please send an email to Laura Natrop (firstname.lastname@example.org).