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European plastics industry faces fundamental changes after EU ‘strategy on plastics’ release

The European Commission has launched its strategy on plastics:

Setting out an agenda to make all packaging recyclable by 2030, reduce ‘single-use plastics’ and ban microplastics… Frans Timmermans, the former Dutch diplomat now responsible for sustainable development, said: “If we don’t change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. We must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more. This is a challenge that citizens, industry and governments must tackle together. With the EU Plastics Strategy we are also driving a new and more circular business model. We need to invest in innovative new technologies that keep our citizens and our environment safe whilst keeping our industry competitive.”

The Commission has also pledged to inject €350 million into research on a circular plastics industry.

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