EU Commissioner for Environment and Maritime Affairs Virginijus Sinkevicius (Virginijus Sinkevicius) said in an interview with German "Le Monde" recently that the European Commission is considering banning plastic packaging and imposing new requirements on manufacturers.
"We absolutely want to expand the regulations for single-use plastics and are currently studying possible directions. An important step is, for example, banning plastic packaging or stipulating the use of recycled plastics."
According to Bloomberg News, the European Union’s new regulations for single-use plastics threaten a market of more than 10 billion U.S. dollars, of which polypropylene and polystyrene are the most likely to be targeted.
The European Commission is also investigating manufacturers of products such as tires or cosmetics, to understand in which and to what extent they are obliged to significantly reduce the microplastics in their products.
The European Commission is currently evaluating this ban. "Completely banning plastics is on our agenda. By the end of this year, we will provide a very detailed list of all products that contain or use microplastics." Virginijus Sinkevicius said.
After the European Union proposed the Circular Economy Action Plan in 2015, it also issued a Circular Economy Package in 2018, which includes Plastic Strategy, Chemical Waste Management, and Port Acceptance Waste management, key raw material management related policies, and circular economy progress monitoring system, etc.
In the EU’s circular economy strategy, the treatment of plastic pollution is a very important link. As an important measure towards a circular economy, the EU has defined four priority areas (see Figure 1): Quality and economy; reduce the generation and random disposal of plastic waste; promote investment and innovation through pollution control; establish a leading edge in the fields of climate change, environmental pollution control, and circular economy transformation, and hope to lead global action. According to this strategy, by 2030, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be reusable/recyclable, and will not become unmanaged plastic waste