Vice Presidents Frans Timmermans says the EU has to move fast to prevent plastic marine litter. The EU will update port reception facility rules as part of the strategy to require fishing vessels and deposit any waste accidentally gathered at sea at a port. This is a better option than dumping it back in the ocean.
EU vice president for growth and investment Jyrki is focusing on the waste treatment at the source, which highlights the environmental and economic benefits of establishing recycling.
“Every year Europeans generate 25 million tons of plastic waste, but less than 30 percent is collected for recycling. Some 95 percent of the value of plastic packaging is lost from the economy every year. How can we keep the value in the market by recycling?” Katainen said.
They believe changing the way plastics are made must be implemented. The strategy’s headline 2030 goal will mean plastics manufacturers will need to work closely with recyclers to ensure that what they produce is recyclable.
PlasticsEurope has broadly welcomed the strategy but it has set itself a lower voluntary target – making 60% of plastics reusable or recyclable by 2030, with a 2040 target of making all plastics renewable, recyclable, or used for energy recovery.
According to Euractiv, The Commission is considering a variety of tools and may come out with proposals for incentives next year. “We are looking at different types of fiscal incentives,” says Katainen. Some have called for recyclers to be given credits in EU emissions trading as a motivator.
Meanwhile, Delphine Lévi Alvarès, coordinator of the Rethink Plastic Alliance said: “In general we are really in favor of financial instruments to drive recycling.” The coalition of environmental NGOs added, “But for now we do not have much information on how this tax could be designed, or on which level of the value chain it would be applied. We’ve been asking for information but so far it’s really blurry.” Is this article helpful? Send us a Kroger feedback!