EuPC acknowledges the low rate of actual recycling and the potential for plastics reuse. It welcomes the calls for clearer standards and sustainability framework on biodegradability and oxo-fragmentable plastics to avoid leakage of plastic particles into the environment and reduce the pollution of current plastic recycling streams in Europe.
Representing more than 50.000 companies a combined industry turnover of 280 billion Euro in the European Union, EuPC is looking forward to sharing its expertise with policymakers and contributing to an in-depth understanding of the complexity of the plastics value chain. The expected Commission Plastics Strategy not only represents a great opportunity for the European Union in terms of policy coherence, but – if properly implemented – will also result in more innovation and jobs. Moreover, plastics is a versatile material found in a wide range of industries and applications.
EuPC Managing Director Alexandre Dangis welcomes the Roadmap: “The time has come for all stakeholders to discuss and find solutions on how European regulators can further develop the plastics industry’s potential in Europe whilst at the same time implement a true circular plastics economy. We look forward to engaging in upcoming debates to ensure right and appropriate policies will be put forward, particularly at a time where other world regions sometimes seem to forget environmental priorities for our planet”.
Throughout 2017, EuPC will closely collaborate with DGs Environment and Growth and all interested parties as well as follow regulatory initiatives to improve the Strategy.