EU wants to get rid of single-use plastics

The European Commission wants to reduce single-use plastics and make manufacturers responsible for the waste phase of their products. There will be, as would appear from a proposal from the Commission, ambitious collection targets that ‘well considered, only could be realized on the basis of deposit systems’. This month the proposal will be published, a concept of which was already leaked earlier. 

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That is the interpretation of the Plastic Soup Foundation (PSF), which in a message on the website once again asks for awareness around the plastic pollution, which, among other things, is encouraged by maintaining the single-use plant tray. Ornamental cultivation in itself gets the reproach 'to adhere stubbornly to the single-use tray', and Royal FloraHolland is once again asked why the exact findings of a Life Cycle Assessment of single- and multi-use plant trays, which was carried out two years ago by bureau Blonk Consultants, is still kept under wraps (more info in Dutch).

What exactly has to be done with all that plastic, there is no consensus about it. In an analysis by Trouw, that also has studied the concept, attention is given to the problem of recycling. Thanks to new techniques it is increasingly possible to reclaim the oil from which plastic it’s made from. Great, but by not throwing a plastic bottle by the roadside, but sending it into the atmosphere as fuel is not the answer to the problem.

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