[ Diretor: Mário Frota [ Coordenador Editorial: José Carlos Fernandes Pereira [ Fundado em 30-11-1999 [ Edição III [ Ano XII

quarta-feira, 27 de setembro de 2017

Squaring the circle of plastics recycling

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Plastic waste seen at the ALBA Group recycling plant in Berlin, Germany, 15 August 2017,
[Clemens Bilan/EPA]
Anders Wijkman is Chairman of Climate-KIC and former MEP; and Catia Bastioli is CEO of Novamont, a world leading group in the development and production of bioplastics through the integration of chemistry, agriculture and the environment.

The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, recently addressed the European Parliament on the future steps to implement the EU Action Plan on the Circular Economy.

That is, indeed, welcome. The snail pace so far in terms of implementation – not least the reluctance to impose design requirements for products put on the market – has been embarrassing.

Among the initiatives, the Commission is working towards a goal that all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030. In 2015, with more than 20 Ml tonnes/year of plastics in the EU, packaging represented almost 40%.

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