Plastics have been widely used in our daily life due to their low cost and wide range of practical applications. However, plastics - and single-use plastics in particular - are often produced, used and discarded in a way that fails to capture the economic benefits of a circular approach and harms the environment. The impact of plastics is also causing growing public concern and there is an urgent need to tackle these problems.
In January 2018, the Commission adopted a Communication on a European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy, presenting actions at EU level to transform the way plastics products are designed, produced, used and recycled. It proposes inter alia that by 2030 all plastics packaging should be recyclable and measures to reduce the impact of single-use plastics.
ENVI's draft report welcomes the Communication as a step towards managing plastics in a sustainable way and contributing to the EU's transition towards a circular economy. The report is structured around five sections: addressing the need to move from design for recycling to design for circularity, setting up a genuine single market for recycled plastics, prevention of plastic waste generation, innovation and global action. ENVI is set to vote on 10 July 2018.
Rapporteur: Demesmaeker (ECR)
Shadows: Florenz (EPP), Bonafé (S&D), Jäätteenmäki (ALDE), Torres Martínez (GUE), Affronte (Greens), Pedicini (EFDD), Goddyn (ENF)