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EU Proposes to Ban Single-Use Plastics and OECD Tackles Plastics Sustainability

On Monday, the European Commission released a proposal to ban many single-use plastic goods by 2021, including utensils, plates, straws, drink stirrers, cotton buds, and sticks for balloons.

The proposal also intends to limit the use of plastic food containers while alternatives are found and to mandate by 2025 that 90% of plastic water bottles be recovered. According to news reports, supportive NGOs are hopeful this will be debated and voted on within a year and to go into effect two years after (i.e., 2021). 

You can read the Commission’s fact sheet along with more detailed information available.

With this backdrop, Senior Director for Government Relations and International Affairs Adina Renee Adler is attending a workshop hosted by the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) called Design of Sustainable Plastics from a Chemicals Perspective. The workshop’s intent is to bring OECD member government representatives, industry, and civil society together to better understand the opportunities for improving the sustainability of plastics while also protecting human and environmental health from harmful chemicals and additives sometimes used to make plastics, including when in the recycling stages. The meeting is focused is on the chemicals used in plastics production and could lead to incentives for improving plastics sustainability in the design stage.

Please contact Adina Renee Adler with any questions.
 

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