Extracts from the joint press conference by Janez Potočnik and Jeremy Irons, actor, narrator and Executive Producer of the documentary film 'Trashed', on the publication of a Green Paper on plastic waste

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-076613   Duration: 10:03:00  Lieu:
End production: 07/03/2013   First transmission: 07/03/2013
On 7 March 2013, in the framework of the Green Paper published by the European Commission, Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, and Jeremy Irons, Narrator and Executive Producer of the documentary film 'Trashed', held a press conference in Brussels on plastic waste. This Green Paper aims to launch a structured discussion about how to make plastic products more sustainable throughout their life cycle and reduce the impact of plastic waste on the environment.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:04
10:00:09 Janez Potočnik, Member of the EC in charge of Environment, and Jeremy Irons, Narrator and Executive Producer of the documentary film 'Trashed', on stage before the beginning of the press conference 00:00:04
10:00:14 General view of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:17 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): When it comes to marine pollution, plastic bags makes up on average nearly 80% of the trash found in the oceans. An estimated 10 million tonnes of litter, mostly plastic particles and up in the world's oceans annually turning them into the world's biggest plastic dump. 00:00:22
10:00:40 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:00:43 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): Today's green paper wants to tackle the problem at its roots. It looks at plastic waste management as a major challenge for environmental protection but it also stresses the huge potential plastic waste management has in making Europe more resource efficient. With this green paper, we invite all stakeholders to contribute with their knowledge, experience to make the plastic a truly sustainable material avoiding any pollution through plastic. 00:00:30
10:01:13 General view of the audience 00:00:03
10:01:17 Soundbite by Janez Potočnik (in ENGLISH): How can we more efficiently avoid plastic waste? Much remains to be done in the field of waste prevention. Plastic products must be more durable. They must be reparable and be designed in a way to be more easily reused and recycled. Producers should take more extended responsibility for dealing with this. Consumers are also important players. 00:00:27
10:01:44 Soundbite by Jeremy Irons (in ENGLISH): The way we deal with our trash will take a long time; there is disorganisation in many countries. The South of Europe will probably take longer than the North of Europe. Nevertheless, we have to put policies in place and countries that have the organisation; mine is a particular one which has the organisation there but who is doing spectacularly little about it. Those countries should be encouraged to recycle, we should aim toward zero waste. 00:00:38
10:02:23 Cutaway of a photographers 00:00:04
10:02:27 Soundbite by Jeremy Irons (in ENGLISH): We need to educate people how to recycle. And we need to make sure that the comment that I get constantly which is "oh, I put all my stuff in the blue bag and some stuff in the green bag" and they put it in the lorry but when they go to the tip, it all goes together. And in many cases this is true because the Council have not been encouraged to get the system working properly. Recycling can make money for Councils; it can save an enormous amount of money. 00:00:32
10:03:00 General view of the audience 00:00:04
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