PlasticsEurope calls for an EU landfill restriction on all recoverable waste

Zero Plastics to Landfill by 2025 should be a priority for EU 

Following today’s vote of the Environment Committee of the European Parliament on a report drafted by MEP Pietikäinen, PlasticsEurope has called for an EU landfill restriction which covers all recyclable and recoverable waste as a key element  to achieve a truly sustainable Europe. 

"We welcome today’s decision of the Environment Committee calling for an ambitious EU approach towards ending the landfilling of valuable materials like plastics. This is a step closer towards "Zero Plastics to landfill by 2025”, said Karl-H. Foerster, Executive Director of PlasticsEurope. "From the experience of those Member States which have already successfully introduced a landfill restriction, we know that only landfill restriction for recyclable and other recoverable waste is able to provide the legal certainty required for necessary investments in waste management infrastructure”, expressed Mr Foerster. "The concerns that some may have that such landfill restriction would promote only energy recovery are not supported by facts: Between 2006 and 2012, the amount of post-consumer plastic waste going to landfills was reduced by 26% and, as a result, plastics recycling rose by as much as 40% and energy recovery increased by 27%”, he highlighted.  

Regarding the Committee’s suggestion to extend the scope of eco-design legislation, Mr Foerster explained that designing a product with the sole aim of improving its recyclability may not have an overall positive impact on the environment. "Modern food packaging, for example, often consists of a multi-layer film made out of different plastics, making it hard to recycle, while offering huge benefits for both people and planet. If such packaging were not available, food producers would have to use far more material in order to provide the high level of protection required, thereby increasing its environmental footprint”, concluded Mr Foerster.  
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