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Resource Efficiency

Experts discuss the role of plastic waste in the circular economy


The Conference on Plastic Waste 2013, entitled ‘The role of plastic waste in a circular economy’, will be held on 30 September 2013 in Brussels. This one-day event, which is organised by the European Commission, will bring together experts from a variety of backgrounds to address current inefficiencies in the management of plastic waste and how to advance towards a more circular economy. Read more

Stepping up plastic waste prevention, preparation for re-use, recycling and separate plastic waste collection, as well as improving plastic and product design, are seen as essential in helping to achieve ‘zero plastic to landfill’. The European Commission’s recent Green Paper on plastic waste Choose translations of the previous link  attracted widespread response from public authorities, non-Governmental organisations, industry and other stakeholders. However, there is currently no EU legislation in place to address the management of plastic waste in a strategic manner.

In Europe, 50% of plastic waste is sent to landfill and nearly 80% of plastic in the marine environment is estimated to be coming from land. This is causing increasing concern, particularly as there is evidence that plastic and persistent organic pollutants concentrated on the surface of micro-plastics could enter the food chain. The conference will explore the issues under three main themes - plastic waste management and marine litter, plastic products and plastic waste, and plastic recycling.

The conference will be addressed by the Environment Commissioner, Janez Poto─Źnik. Speakers include Professor Michael Braungart from the Erasmus University of Rotterdam, Professor Richard Thompson from Plymouth University, Ms. Cosima Dannoritzer, author and documentary film maker, Olwenn Martin from the Institute for the Environment at Brunel University in London, Bernd Nötel from the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), and Arthur ten Wolde from the sustainability think tank, IMSA Amsterdam.

Please note this event is likely to be fully-subscribed and therefore pre-registration is essential.

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