MEPs to propose ways to boost plastics recycling  

MEPs advocate creating a genuine single market for recycled plastics, and propose measures to tackle marine litter.

Incentives to collect marine litter at sea, new EU-wide standards and definitions for biodegradability and compostability, and a complete EU ban on oxo-degradable plastic by 2020 are among the proposals set out in the non-binding draft resolution.

MEPs also advocate a ban on micro-plastics in cosmetics and cleaning products by 2020.

Parliament will also hold a debate and adopt a resolution on ways to address the interface between chemical, product and waste legislation, as the presence of certain chemicals can hamper recycling.


According to the European Commission, 87% of EU citizens say they are preoccupied by the environmental impact of plastics. Global annual production of plastics reached 322 million tonnes in 2015, and is expected to double over the next 20 years. Only 30% of plastic waste is collected for recycling, while only 6% of plastic placed on the market is made from recycled materials.

Procedure: non-legislative resolution - oral questions with resolution


Debate: Wednesday, 12 September

Vote: Thursday, 13 September