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EU strategy for saving the planet from plastic waste

The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more and more

  • January 23, 2018 18:30
  • Author Monika Dimitrova
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One of the first steps of the European Commission for 2018 was to adopt a strategy to protect the environment from plastic pollution as part of the transition to a circular economy. According the new plans, all plastic packaging on the EU market have to be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of microplastics will be restricted.

According to the European Commission, Europeans generate every year 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. Most plastic in Europe is landfilled or incinerated, rather than recycled.  Plastics are even reaching citizens' lungs and dinner tables, with microplastics in air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. 

Source: Brussels Times

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