In January 2018, the EU adopted plastic regulations for the first time throughout Europe, hoping that all plastic bags used by the EU in 2030 will be recyclable.
The rule, passed on January 16, calls for a reduction in the use of disposable plastics, limiting the worldwide use of plastic film and substantially reducing the use of plastic bags. Timoman, the EU's chief vice-president for sustainable development, said: "If we do not change the way we produce and use plastic, there will be more plastic in the oceans than in the sea by 2050."
Timothy Man pointed out that the EU introduced plastic usage regulations aimed at promoting a new and recyclable economic model. He said: "We need to invest in innovative technologies to keep the industry competitive while ensuring the safety of citizens and the environment."
As part of the new regulation, the EU said it will work hard to strengthen the profitability of its recycling business, formulate new rules on packaging, increase plastic recyclability and increase the demand for recyclable plastic. The EU announced on January 16: "The more plastic recycled, the more recovery capacity and facilities needed to be built. In addition, there is a need to have a matching sorting and waste classification system and standards within the EU."
According to the EU estimates, each recycling a ton of plastic can save about 780 yuan. Beginning in the first quarter of 2018, the EU is also preparing to revise the Guidelines for Packaging and Packaging Waste.
The EU said it will start to formulate rules to ensure that all packaging plastic in the EU market by 2030 can be reused or recycled in an economically viable manner. Legislation on banning disposable plastics will be submitted for discussion in the second half of 2018.
The EU will also promote the public consultation. The EU said it has seen changes in product design, production, use and recycling, and investment opportunities and jobs will also change as new policies change.
One of the focuses of attention is fishing gear and supportive national mobilization, and the new rules require ports and vessels to work together with other sectoral units to remove pollutants from the oceans and other waters.
The EU also said it will provide an additional $ 120 million in funding to promote the development of more recyclable plastics, increase the efficiency of recovery processes and remove more hazardous materials and contaminants from recycled plastics.
A consultant specializing in global recycling PET market research said the plan is not very effective, she is a senior consultant from PCI Wood Mackenzie Helen. McCauf. She said: "The plan has positive steps, but it may lose the opportunity to solve the problem of plastic waste and pollution caused by huge changes. The changes are fundamental, but can the various countries and industries respond quickly and effectively to these problems? Change is a huge problem. "
EU Packaging and Environment welcomes the new regulation, saying it will back that rule and actively push the EU to implement more new initiatives on packaging materials.
EU Plastics Industry Group promises
In response to the European Union's proposal, a group of 6 European plastics industry associations voluntarily promised to launch a "recycling platform" that aims to achieve 50% recyclability of plastic waste by 2040.
The group said on January 16 that the launch of a recycling platform aims to cooperate with the European Union to expand the current EU-wide plastic recycling activities. Their target set includes 70% of plastic bags recyclable and reusable. However, they emphasized that all stakeholders in the entire value chain must be involved to achieve this goal, including raw material producers, designers, plastic product manufacturers and brand owners.
The joint statement issued by the group said: "A real industrial transformation is only possible with the full involvement of the plastics industry and must be supported by shareholders in the entire plastics industry value chain."
The six participating associations are PRE, Petcore, ECRA, PCEP Europe, EuPC and VinylPlus.