Last week the European Commission presented its revised Circular Economy Package after withdrawing it the year before, but not everyone is a fan. The London-based British Plastics Federation (BPF) issued a statement that read: “There was a distinct lack of ambition on preventing all recyclables from going to landfill, with a figure of 90% defined by 2030; although we do accept that this is a step in the right direction.”
“We hope that the strategy for plastics, which is due for completion by 2017, recognizes the full benefits of which plastics bring to society and the absolutely essential role plastics will play in innovative manufacture in the 21st century. This is an industry which the EU needs to encourage and not deflate.
“We will be looking forward to working with UK Government and the European Union in the developments of the strategy.”
On the flipside, there are those who are more welcoming to the new proposal. Pack2Go Europe (Brussels, Belgium), a leading material neutral European Association representing the major foodservice packaging manufacturers, responded in a statement saying they welcomed the new European approach to a more sustainable, resource efficient and competitive economy.
“Pack2Go Europe companies have long recognized the problem of litter and played an instrumental role in the creation of a pan-European litter prevention organization, the Clean Europe Network, back in 2013” says Mike Turner, acting President of Pack2Go Europe. “Litter prevention is all about changing consumer behavior to be more responsible. The EU’s circular economy is also about changing our mindsets more broadly and about exploring new ways of delivering value with fewer resources.”