Parecer da MWE sobre a Estratégia da União Europeia para os Plásticos numa Economia Circular (versão alargada)
Position Paper: EU Strategy on Plastics in a Circular Economy
(MWE, maio de 2018)
Este documento resulta do trabalho desenvolvido pelos peritos nomeados pelos associados da MWE e tem o acolhimento da ESGRA.
Plastics form a key component of our 21st century economy and as a versatile material it will continue to play a pivotal role in the future EU and global economy through its use in various applications and products, ranging from aeronautics to health care and from automobile to food industry, to name but a few sectors.
There are, however, a number of key challenges related to the circularity of plastics in the entire value chain: high
production of plastics creating large amounts of plastic waste and rise of CO2 emissions globally; ineffective collection of plastic waste causing land and marine litter; use of microplastics and single-use plastics being a key source of plastic waste leakage while at the same time causing severe damage to environment and health safety; use of diverse polymers and additives in plastic products not designed for recycling hindering plastics recycling thus maintaining landfilling and incineration rates of plastic waste high; low prices for fossil fuels-based virgin plastics keeping demand for recycled plastics low thus holding back investments in new recycling capacity and the creation of an EU market for secondary plastics.