Opinion Factsheet  

European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy

Opinion Number: CDR 925/2018
Commission: ENVE
Status: Adopted
Date: 10/10/2018

- welcomes the European Commission's Communication on a European Strategy for Plastics in a circular economy, and the challenges and key actions identified, and stresses that ambition is needed to make the transition towards a circular economy and to tackle the societal and environmental challenges;

- stresses the key role and interest of local and regional authorities;

- points out that prevention should be the first priority in line with the EU waste hierarchy, argues that prevention starts with limiting the use of plastics and through product design, advocates recyclability of all products by 2025, supports innovation to move away from fossil-based plastics and recalls the important role of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) in promoting eco-design arguing that EPR legislation therefore needs to include the responsibility for eco-design;

- supports the legislative proposal on single-use plastics;

- highlights the problem of microplastics advocating further research and calls for a ban on oxo-degradable plastics and intentionally added microplastics except for products necessary for health;

- recognizes that the current generation of biodegradable plastics are not an answer because of the limits to their biodegradability, stresses the need for better definitions and/or standards;

- advocates effective separate collection focused on plastics as a material rather than as a product, acknowledges the achievements of deposit systems and suggests an harmonised EU level approach;

- regarding target-setting proposes to examine the introduction of bonuses when targets are exceeded and the expansion of the financial responsibility of producers to the full cost of waste management of their products;

- believes in incentives for use of recycled content, removal of incentives for fossil fuels, financial responsibility of producers or importers for CO2 emissions reduction and a minimum of 50% recyclates in new plastics by 2025;

- stresses the potential of Green Public Procurements in plastic waste prevention.