European Bioplastics supports new E.U. report on revised waste legislation

Germany-based European Bioplastics e.V., an association representing the bioplastics industry in Europe, has supported a new report by the European Parliament on revised waste legislation that has highlighted the role of bioplastics to help transition to a circular economy.

Italian member of the European parliament Simona Bonafè produced the report. The report set out the legal measures needed for a shift from a linear to a circular economy.

“We welcome the strong and ambitious position of Ms. Bonafè on encouraging better market conditions for renewable raw materials and promoting the use of bio-based materials in packaging because it sends the right signals to our industry and investors in the bioeconomy,” said European Bioplastics chairman François de Bie.

The report on the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive also asked the European Commission to assess the feasibility of gradually replacing food packaging with biobased and biodegradable packaging solutions. “We hope that this will encourage [European Union] member states to recognise the benefits of, and create a level-playing field for, bio-based and/or biodegradable products,” Mr. de Bie added.

The report backed the inclusion of organic recycling in the form of composting and anaerobic digestion of organic waste in the definition of “recycling.” It also supported a new definition of bio-waste that would consider “other materials with similar biodegradability and compostability properties.”

The report called for a mandatory collection of bio-waste by 2020 supported by measures to increase the organic recycling of bio-waste to 65% by 2025. The proposed amendments also anticipate restricting the amount of residual municipal waste landfilled to 25% by 2025 and to 5% by 2030.


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