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The European Commission steps forward to reduce plastic pollution

The European Commission takes measures to reduce plastic pollution

The European Commission has taken initial steps to increase awareness of plastic pollution and to transform our handling of plastics.

The Rethink Plastic Alliance stated that today, the European Commission is addressing the problem of plastic pollution by publishing its plastics strategy in the circular economy.

The strategy describes the committee’s approach to reducing the impact of plastic pollution, including a commitment to investigate the scope of single-use plastic legislation initiatives.

"As the first step in raising awareness of plastic pollution and changing the way we deal with plastics, the strategy will be effective. However, given the urgency and scale of the problem, the committee failed to bring real change," Zero Waste Europe Said Ariadna Rodrigo, a product policy activist. "The legislation will be a good test to understand how policy makers are truly committed to addressing the root cause of plastic pollution, first of all to prevent and reduce unnecessary plastic items that already have substitutes."

Delphine Lévi Alvarès, Coordinator of Rethink Plastic, said: “The European Commission has shown its willingness to solve the plastic pollution crisis, but it must now propose ambitious legislation to drastically reduce the consumption of single-use plastic products and packaging. During the term of this committee” .

Rethink Plastic also welcomes that the Commission has begun procedures to restrict the use of intentionally added microplastics in products such as cosmetics and detergents under REACH legislation, and hopes that this will lead to a total ban on all microplastics.

The committee also announced a ban on polluting plastics-allegedly biodegradable plastics that actually break down into small pieces and cause harmful microplastic pollution in the ocean and other ecosystems. "This is an important environmental victory. Lévi Alvarès said that in a true circular economy, there is no oxygen plastic and a ban is urgently needed.

In addition, Rethink Plastic:

Welcome the intention behind the goal that all plastic packaging on the EU market can be reused or recycled by 2030. However, the lack of clear goals and recycling must have "cost-effective" content, which reduces the impact of goals. This needs to be seen as a real opportunity to make all plastic packaging non-toxic and harmless to the environment. Emphasize that voluntary agreements and commitments expected to be made by the industry should never replace political action. Welcome to take measures to prevent the loss of pre-production plastic particles is the second largest source of microplastic pollution, especially in the plastics supply chain may establish a certification program to prevent particle loss. Welcome to formulate new measures to reduce the loss of fishing gear at sea, including possible recovery targets or deposit plans to curb dumping.

Welcome the intention behind the goal that all plastic packaging on the EU market can be reused or recycled by 2030. However, the lack of clear goals and recycling must have "cost-effective" content, which reduces the impact of goals. This needs to be seen as a real opportunity to make all plastic packaging non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

Emphasize that voluntary agreements and commitments expected to be made by the industry should never replace political action.

Welcome to take measures to prevent the loss of pre-produced plastic particles, which is the second largest source of microplastic pollution, especially in the plastic supply chain that may establish a certification program to prevent particle loss.

Welcome to develop new measures to reduce the loss of fishing gear at sea, including possible recovery targets or deposit plans to curb dumping.

The Rethink Plastic Alliance hopes that the European Commission will honor the above commitments during its tenure and show true global leadership in achieving a plastic pollution-free future.

"The legislation will be a good test to understand how policy makers are truly committed to addressing the root cause of plastic pollution, first of all to prevent and reduce unnecessary plastic items that already have substitutes."

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