“We have the opportunity to make our industry a world leader in recycled plastics.”
More than 100 public and private partners covering the whole plastics value chain will sign a circular plastics declaration called the Circular Plastics Alliance, which promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics, according to the European Commission.
The declaration lays out how the alliance will reach the target of 10 million tons of recycled plastic used to make new products every year in Europe, by 2025. This target was set by the European Commission in its 2018 Plastics Strategy, as part of its efforts to boost plastics recycling in Europe.
First Vice-President Frans Timmermans (@TimmermansEU), responsible for sustainable development, said: “I welcome the industry’s commitments to rethink the way we produce and use plastics. By efficiently recycling plastics, we will clean up the planet and fight climate change, by substituting fossil fuels with plastic waste in the production cycle.”
Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska, responsible for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said: “We have the opportunity to make our industry a world leader in recycled plastics. We should fully seize it to protect the environment, to create new jobs in this sector and remain competitive.”
The declaration, signed by small and medium businesses, large corporations, business associations, standardisers, research organisations, and local and national authorities endorses the 10 million tons target and calls for a shift to zero plastic waste in nature and zero landfilling. It lays out concrete actions to reach the target, including:
- Improving the design of plastic products to make them more recyclable and integrate more recycled plastics;
- Identifying untapped potential for more plastic waste collection, sorting and recycling across the EU, as well as the investment gaps;
- Building a Research & Development agenda for circular plastics;
- Establishing a transparent and reliable monitoring system to track all flows of plastic waste in the EU.
The declaration of the Alliance will remain open for signature on the Commission’s website for more signatories to join over time, in particular public authorities from all across Europe.
Business associations and companies are also encouraged to submit voluntary pledges to use or produce more recycled plastics, if they have not yet done so.