Circular Plastics Alliance

Making plastics more circular to avoid plastic littering into the environment is a priority for the European Union.

Register now for the 2019 circular economy stakeholder conference!

Registration is now open for the 2019 Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference: Success Stories and New Challenges, to be held March 6 and 7 in Brussels. Apply until January 31st to attend this conference, grow your network of circular partners and participate in taking stock of the Circular Economy Action Plan’s achievements while setting the ground for new horizons in the circular economy.

Single-use plastics directive – The EP’s ENVI Committee voted in favour of the provisional agreement

The European Parliament's Environment (ENVI) Committee voted in favour of the provisional agreement on the Commission's proposal for a directive on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (single-use plastics directive) on 22 January.

2019 Circularity Gap Report reveals that the world is only 9% circular and the trend is negative

On 22 January 2019, Circle Economy launched the second annual Circularity Gap Report in Davos during the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting.

Single-use plastics: Presidency of Council reaches provisional agreement with Parliament

The EU is taking action to reduce plastic pollution by setting new restrictions on certain single-use plastic products. The presidency of the Council today reached a provisional agreement with the European Parliament on a new directive which is part of the EU's efforts to protect the environment and reduce marine litter.

Recycled content of plastic bottles – The European Parliament approved the 35% target

The European Parliament in plenary meeting approved in a landmark vote on 24 October 2018 a target of 35% of mandatory recycled plastic by 2025 in beverage bottles.

Circular Ecomomy Package – Elaboration of the detailed rules

On 14 June 2018, the Circular Economy Package, i.e. the amendments to the most important EU waste management Directives, including the Waste Framework Directive, were published in the Official Journal of the EU. The European Recycling Industries’ Confederation (EuRIC) (whose work HOSZ is actively involved in as a Hungarian national member), draws attention to the fact that the European Commission will develop related implementing acts and guidelines in the next one or two years on the basis of the mandate given in the Directives. The most important acts and guidelines, the preparation of which EuRIC intends to take part in are the following:

European Commission proposal on a Directive on Single Use Plastics (SUP)  

With the amount of harmful plastic litter in oceans and seas growing ever greater, the European Commission is proposing new EU-wide rules to target the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

Circular economy – Eurostat data

The European Commission adopted an ambitious 'Circular Economy Package'. An EU Action Plan for the circular economy establishes a concrete programme of actions outlining measures that cover the entire product life cycle: from production and consumption to waste management and the market for secondary raw materials. In addition the circular economy has strong synergies with the EU’s objectives on climate and energy and with the Commission’s package on 'Clean Energy for all Europeans'. The circular economy is also instrumental in supporting the EU’s commitments on sustainability, as outlined in the Communication   ‘Next steps for a sustainable European future’ and in particular to reach Sustainable Development Goal 12 'Responsible consumption and production'.