How should the EU deal with plastic waste?

On 7 March 2013, the European Commission published a green paper on a European strategy on plastic waste in the environment. Its purpose is to launch a broad reflection on possible responses to the public policy challenges posed by plastic waste that are at present not specifically addressed in EU waste legislation. The follow-up to the green paper will be an integral part of a wider review of the waste legislation that will be completed in 2014. This wider review stems from the Waste Framework Directive, which invites the commission to review its targets and consider additional targets for other waste streams if appropriate.

In addition, the Commission has also been asked to review the targets in the Landfill Directive 1999/31/EC for the reduction of landfilling of biodegradable waste, as well as the recycling and recovery targets in the Packaging and Packaging Waste Directive 1994/62/EC.  There will also be a “fitness check” of five existing waste stream Directives: Batteries, End of Life Vehicles, Packaging and Packaging Waste, PCB/PCT, and Sewage Sludge…

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