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Plastics Weekly: EU Plans to Slash Plastic Waste by 2030

Editorial Staff
Dec 5, 2022

Welcome to the Plastics Weekly, NEO’s regular news monitoring of the plastics industry.

Every week, we publish a roundup of the top developments in plastics and sustainability – from regulatory changes to company news.

This week’s highlights:
– The EU has released a plan to cut its waste by almost a fifth by 2030 through rules that will demand that lightweight plastic bags are composted and at least 80% of coffee cups are refillable. The 150-page proposal issued on Wednesday met strong resistance from the packaging and plastics industries, which claim the rules ignored the practical realities of waste management and failed to recognise the environmental consequences of making more reusable containers. (Financial Times)
– Plastic makers pledged greater transparency about the chemicals used in their products amid mounting concerns about the material finding its way into the food chain and human bodies. “We certainly recognise that on the issue of additives in particular there is a need for more information and increased transparency,” said Stewart Harris, senior director for global plastics policy at the American Chemistry Council (ACC), at the Reuters NEXT conference. Harris said that a proposed UN treaty to tackle plastic waste, due to be finalised by 2024, could provide global measures “to make sure that we do know what’s going into different products and different packaging.” (Reuters)
– Divisions remained over a global treaty to end plastic pollution as UN talks closed in Uruguay on Friday. The first round of negotiations ended in a split on whether goals and efforts should be global and mandatory, or voluntary and country-led. More than 2,000 delegates from 160 countries met in Uruguay for the first of a planned five sessions of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee (INC), a UN negotiating body aimed at crafting the first legally binding agreement by the end of 2024. (Al Jazeera)
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