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EUMEPS AMONG THE SIGNATORIES OF THE CIRCULAR PLASTIC ALLIANCE

Sep 20 2019

EUMEPS AMONG THE SIGNATORIES OF THE CIRCULAR PLASTIC ALLIANCE- a commitment to use 10 million tons of recycled plastic in new products by 2025

Friday the 20th of September was an important day for the plastic sector in Europe and the EPS production chain was one of the main players.

Paolo Garbagna, as president in office of Eumeps, attended the European Parliament ceremony for the birth of the Circular Plastics Alliance, being one of the 60 European signatories of the document.
The CPA promotes voluntary actions for a well-functioning EU market in recycled plastics.
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, which up until 2016 has been less than 4 million tons.
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:

Collection and sorting:
Defining and updating the parameters for the recycling of all polymeric materials considering the undergoing innovations; harmonizing the definition of recyclability; estimating the actual recycled plastic production; identifying the growth potential; working with public and private entities in Europe to create an efficient collection to optimise recycling quality and collecting the necessary investment to reach the 10 million tons.

Design:
Improving the design of plastic products to make them more recyclable and integrate more recycled plastics.

Recycled material content:
Increasing the use of recycled plastic in plastic products; ensuring the safety and quality of the product; and supporting the development and revision of European standards and guidelines on plastics and recycled plastics.

R&D and investments:
Defining the necessary investments to reach the target – including the development of the chemical recycling – and preparing an R&D Agenda to identify the technological barriers and meet the market and regulatory needs.

Monitoring:
Creating a transparent, guaranteed and traceable monitoring system by 1/1/2021 to track all flows of plastic waste in the EU.

Governance:
Creating a committee to coordinate all activities, establish new roles and tasks and write an annual report to record the progresses obtained and communicating to the sector operators and the public the objectives and actions undertaken.

The declaration of Alliance will remain open for signature on the Commission’s website for more signatories to join over time, in particular public authorities and business associations from all across Europe.

Interested parties may contact for further information: GROW-ENV-RPLASTICS-PLEDGE@ec.europa.eu