European Commission adopts new plastic strategy since China no longer option

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In Belgium, the European Commission is adapting to the news that China will no longer accept plastics from abroad, by developing the first-ever Europe-wide strategy on plastics as a part of the transition towards a more circular economy. Under the new plans, all plastic packaging on the EU market will be recyclable by 2030, the consumption of single-use plastics will be reduced and the intentional use of microplastics will be restricted.

“It will protect the environment from plastic pollution whilst fostering growth and innovation, turning a challenge into a positive agenda for the Future of Europe,” according to the press release. “There is a strong business case for transforming the way products are designed, produced, used, and recycled in the EU and by taking the lead in this transition, we will create new investment opportunities and jobs.”