EU publishes first ever plastics strategy

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The EU has committed to investing €350m (£310m) in research in to plastic production and collection

The EU has published its first ever plastics strategy which promises a “new plastics economy.”

Plans detailed how the potential for recycling waste remains largely unexploited, citing estimates that less than 30% of waste is collected for recycling.

As a result, the strategy set a goal to make all plastic packaging on the EU market recyclable by 2030.

Plastic recycling will remain at the 55% target set in 2015.

The EU has also committed to investing €350m (£310m) in research in to plastic production and collection.

It is now calling on the private and public sectors to follow suit with a set of voluntary commitments.

Plastic manufacturers PlasticsEurope said it welcomed the strategy and its “promotion of actions aimed at tackling plastics leakage into the environment, increasing recycling and re-use and boosting innovation.”

However some argued the strategy missed key opportunities.

Helen McGeough, PCI Wood Mackenzie senior consultant, said: “While the strategy has made some positive steps, it may be a missed opportunity to take the lead in bringing about the seismic change required to turn the tide on the plastics waste and pollution issues.

“Change is afoot, but how quickly and effectively individual nations and industries will respond to these challenges is now the million-dollar question."

Read the full strategy here.

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