Proceedings of the Workshop on "Plastic Waste"

15-10-2013

This report summarises the presentations and discussions during the Workshop on Plastic Waste, held on 26 September 2013. The aim of the workshop was to allow an exchange of views between MEPs, the European Commission, stakeholders of the plastic and plastic waste treatment industry, NGOs, public administration and academia. There is general agreement that plastic waste prevention is necessary, as is an increase of the recycling rates. Different ways to achieve these goals were discussed. These include better consumer information and labelling, a ban on materials which prevent recycling, improvement of separate plastic waste collection and sorting systems, a ban on the landfilling of waste with a high carbon content, and measures to make the recycling market more predictable, such as specific requirements for the use of recycled materials.

This report summarises the presentations and discussions during the Workshop on Plastic Waste, held on 26 September 2013. The aim of the workshop was to allow an exchange of views between MEPs, the European Commission, stakeholders of the plastic and plastic waste treatment industry, NGOs, public administration and academia. There is general agreement that plastic waste prevention is necessary, as is an increase of the recycling rates. Different ways to achieve these goals were discussed. These include better consumer information and labelling, a ban on materials which prevent recycling, improvement of separate plastic waste collection and sorting systems, a ban on the landfilling of waste with a high carbon content, and measures to make the recycling market more predictable, such as specific requirements for the use of recycled materials.

Autor externo

Thomas Weissenbach, Hubert Reisinger, Brigitte Read and Jürgen Schneider (Umweltbundesamt GmbH)