The European Commission will move forward with the implementation of the Circular Economy Action Plan to fundamentally tackle the use of plastics and prevent completely the creation of plastic waste. The major action, expected to materialize in 2017, will most likely address the full life cycle of plastics.
The EU is a global leader in the production of plastics. Plastic manufacturers, and businesses using plastic materials, will be on the receiving end of the challenging targets. Certain plastic products could even face bans.
To maintain the status quo and ensure EU support that would stimulate innovation when it comes to recycling and waste policy, aligned with the needs of the private sector, manufacturers of plastics need to engage immediately, starting with the imminent consultation process.