48% of beverage cartons were recycled in the EU in 2017, marking the twelfth consecutive year of increased recycling of our cartons. The European beverage carton industry is proud of this achievement and remains dedicated to increasing its recycling performance.
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – FEAD welcomes the European Parliament’s ENVI Committee’s vote on October 10 which amends the proposal for a Directive […] on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (“Single-Use Plastics” Directive). FEAD fully supports the report which would make it mandatory to produce beverage containers composed of at least 35% recycled plastic by 2025.
Single-use plastic items such as plates, cutlery or cotton buds, making up over 70% of marine litter, will be banned under plans backed in the Environment Committee. Single-use plastic products such as cutlery, cotton bud sticks, plates, straws, beverage stirrers and balloon sticks will be banned from the EU market from 2021, under draft plans approved on Wednesday by the Environment and Public Health Committee.
The need to prevent plastic and all other litter from reaching our oceans and environment is clear and undisputable. For us, European companies big and small, it makes economic sense – agriculture, fisheries and tourism suffer from littering, and billions worth of resources are potentially wasted as they are thrown away rather than being reused or recycled. But is banning plastics a panacea? And should companies be solely responsible for curbing plastics littering?