Stakeholder Article: Curbing plastics waste as a shared responsibility

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?

Official Journal (L Series): Commission Regulation (EU) 2018/1480 of 4 October 2018 amending, for the purposes of its adaptation to technical and scientific progress, Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures and correcting Commission Regulation (EU) 2017/776

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United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (New York, 9-18 July 2018)

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Agenda: Working Party on the Environment (11 – 12 October 2018)

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Opinion: EP AGRI Committee on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

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Agenda: EP ENVI Committee Meeting (10 – 11 October 2018)

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Agenda: EP ECON Committee Meeting (8 – 9 October 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP AGRI Committee Vote on Reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (1 October 2018)

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Opinion: EP ITRE Committee on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

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Event: The EIB Copenhagen conference on circular economy (Copenhagen, 25 October 2018)

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Opinion: EP DEVE Committee on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on unfair trading practices in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain

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Speech by Commissioner Vella: Conference “The future of plastics”

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Opinion: EP ECON Committee on the proposal for a directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

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Notice to stakeholders: Withdrawal of the United Kingdom and EU rules in the field of detergents

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Opinion: EP PECH Committee on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

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Agenda: Meeting of the EESC Section for section for Agriculture, Rural Development and the Environment (5 October 2018)

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Press release: Fighting Plastic Pollution: A Global Race to the Top – EU in the lead

A #RaceToTheTop to #BeatPlasticPollution event co-hosted by the EU and the UN Environment Programme, took place on Tuesday, 25 September, during the UN General Assembly, encouraging governments around the world to follow the EU’s lead and tackle this cross-border challenge. The EU is at the forefront of the global transition towards a more circular economy, transforming how products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in a way that is positive for our environment and boosts our industry’s competitiveness.

Press Release: Beverage Carton Industry: Ambitious Policy Implementation and Industry Initiatives for Increased Recycling

Recycling of beverage cartons is growing in the EU and reached 48% in 2017, according to industry-wide figures. This marks the twelfth consecutive year of increased recovery for recycling. Last year, the total recovery rate reached 76%.

ACE members have a long-standing commitment to recycling. Having very much welcomed the revised Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive and the introduction of mandatory separate collection of packaging waste, ACE is working with national beverage carton associations to support recycling performance across Europe. To this end, the members of ACE – BillerudKorsnäs, Elopak, SIG, Stora Enso and Tetra Pak – have decided to launch a new platform to coordinate the industry’s engagement in recycling across Europe. We are pleased to see that recycling of our cartons is growing each year and we are convinced that this trend will continue with the implementation of EU waste legislation and new industry initiatives,” said Annick Carpentier, ACE Director General.

UPDATED – Report from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions on the implementation of EU waste legislation, including the early warning report for Member States at risk of missing the 2020 preparation for re-use/recycling target on municipal waste

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Agenda: EP AGRI Committee Meeting (1 October 2018)

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Question for Written Answer: Are paper products with a plastic lining or coating an SUP or SUNP for the purpose of the proposal for a directive on single-use plastics?

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (24 September 2018)

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OPP Meeting Summary: EP ECON Committee – Vote on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (24 September 2018)

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