Last year, Collins Dictionary named “single-use” its word of the year, and it’s not difficult to understand why. Efforts to reduce marine litter and eliminate plastic waste were some of the key themes of 2018. And in fact the European Union Parliament and Council ended the year with a provisional agreement to phase out problematic…

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On February 22nd, 2019, the Australian Council of Recycling (ACOR) in association with Reloop Platform submitted to South Australia’s scoping study of options to better manage single use plastics (SUP) and reform the state’s Container Deposit Scheme (CDS). The submission includes recommendations that SA utilizes the European Union’s recent directive on SUPs which include: Bans…

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While headlines around the world continue to reveal a grim picture of discarded plastics in our environment, in the EU, real action is taking place. On 19th December 2018, a trialogue agreement was reached by the European Parliament and the Council on the Single-Use Plastics Directive for the reduction of certain plastic products in the…

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In light of the most recent policy developments at the EU, Reloop has prepared a new position paper in order to contribute to the trialogue negotiations on the Single-Use Plastic Directive (SUPD). With this paper, Reloop hopes to contribute to the trialogue discussions by highlighting some of the key issues which we believe are crucial…

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Single-use plastics are everywhere, with most of us regularly relying on the convenience of products such as plastic bags, straws, utensils, takeaway coffee cups, food packaging and water bottles. Clarissa Morawski But it’s also becoming clear we have made, used and disposed of too many. According to one recent academic analysis, only 9 percent of…

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On 16 January 2018, the European Commission published its communication laying out a strategy for plastics in a circular economy. The first-ever EU Plastics Strategy identifies key challenges, including  low reuse and recycling rates for plastic waste, the GHG emissions associated with plastics production and incineration, and the presence of plastic waste in oceans, and proposes…

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Reloop welcomes the European Commission’s legislative proposal on single-use plastics published on 28 May 2018 (COM(2018)340), which shows great ambition, commitment and leadership from the EU in addressing one of the major global challenges of today, namely marine litter. This position paper aims to contribute to the European Parliament and Council discussions on the legislative proposal in order to…

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In an effort to reduce litter and increase recycling, more and more jurisdictions are turning to deposit return systems for the recovery of beverage containers. These systems require consumers to pay a small deposit at the point of purchase, and they get the deposit back when they return the empty container for recycling. Despite the…

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In less than a month, Europe has laid out its legislative and long-term policy blueprint on waste and recycling. After a marathon session that took place just before Christmas (Dec. 18), the European Parliament, Council and European Commission reached a provisional agreement on the legislative part of the Circular Economy Package, a set of laws…

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20 June 2017 – Single-use packaging is easy to spot. A short walk along a beach, anywhere in the world, will reveal the consequences of our throwaway culture as each tide brings in a fresh layer of debris, most of it single-use plastics. In some countries, the growing pressure to do something about single-use packaging…

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