The European Commission has launched an anti-plastics plan, and legislative proposals in this regard are expected to arrive in 2018. The long-awaited strategy was approved Tuesday by the College of Commissioners at their meeting in Strasbourg, France.
The plan requires the full recycling of all plastic packaging by 2030, the prohibition of microplastics in cosmetics and measures to reduce objects in plastic single-use items such as crockery. New rules are planned for clearer labeling in order to distinguish compostable and biodegradable polymers, for differentiated waste collection on ships and for the treatment of waste in ports. Measures for reducing the impact of plastic water bottles will be published by the end of the month.
According to the new plan, all the plastic packaging on the European market should be recyclable by 2030, and the use of disposable plastic bags will be curtailed.