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In mid-January 2018 the EU Commission revealed a new goal: 100 per cent plastic recycling by 2030. At the same time, there is to be a reduction in the consumption of disposable plastic products. To achieve this target, the Commission has now invested EUR 250 million, and another EUR 100 million is to be spent on appropriate research by 2020. The EU has thus specified an overarching strategy in addition to the Waste Directive that was passed recently. The aim is to recycle 65 per cent of all packaging by 2025 and 70 per cent by 2030. The new directive is to ensure a high level of commitment and to provide greater incentives for material recycling.
The weight of a PET bottle has been reduced by more than 50 per cent over the last few decades. Photo: congerdesign, pixabay.com, pexels.com
The decisive element in all recycling systems is end-of-life thinking. Proper recycling can only be effectively supported if it involves thinking about waste disposal at every single stage, including the design and manufacturing of a product and its packaging. However, no broad generalisation is possible here. Refilling is not always ecologically reasonable, and neither is plastic always worse than other materials. It’s important to look at the use, impact and consequences from case to case.