EuRIC and FEAD have welcomed the European Parliament’s draft report to make it compulsory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025.
The report by ENVI Committee Rapporteur MEP Frédérique Ries aims to change the proposal for a Directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (Single-use Plastics Directive).
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This proposal will encourage the creation of a steady market for recyclates and will allow for a more circular use of plastics.
Collecting up to 90% of plastic bottles in 2025, as stated in the Directive, is a welcomed first step from the two Federations, but they said that it will not be enough to change the plastic markets towards less single-use bottles.
They argued that designing recyclable packaging items is necessary to facilitate recycling and a “strong signal” is needed to boost both the offer and demand of recyclable plastics.
However, the aim to include at least 25% of recycled plastics in drinks containers is a “crucial first step in this direction” said the Federations.
The introduction of recycled content in products and packaging by 2025 would considerably boost the market for recycled plastics in Europe, while pushing to minimize the space that non-recyclable ones occupy, said FEAD and EuRIC.