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Reference
Ares(2017)6169607
Type
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Reducing marine litter: action on single use plastics and fishing gear

Department
Directorate-General for Environment
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15 December 2017 - 12 January 2018
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  • Stockholm University, Baltic Sea Centre (Sweden)
    12 January 2018 Academic/research institution
    Stockholm University, Baltic Sea Centre (Sweden)

    We welcome the initiative to tackle these macroplastic sources. Given the recent UNEA resolution on marine litter and microplastics, the EU has both the opportunity and the responsibility to implement effective source-to-sea reduction measures. In doing so, there needs to be a link made to microplastics as both single use plastics and fishing gear may fragment into microplastics or even nanoplastics, which can be taken up by aquatic organisms...

  • Have You Got The Bottle? (United Kingdom)
    12 January 2018 Environmental organisation
    Have You Got The Bottle? (United Kingdom)

    In September 2017, the Scottish Government announced their commitment to introduce a deposit return system for all drinks containers. They have commissioned Zero Waste Scotland to design the system, and we expect there to be a public consultation in spring 2018. This decision was based on evidence from the 45+ places around the world that already operate deposit return systems. Deposit return systems are the most efficient way to recover...

  • Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (Germany)
    12 January 2018 Company/business organisation
    Der Grüne Punkt - Duales System Deutschland GmbH (Germany)

    The Circular Plastics Platform (the “CPP”) – a think-tank on eco-design, materials standards and market outlets for plastics by the leading Producer Responsibility Organisations (PROs) for packaging representing the obliged industry in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and in the United Kingdom (the “G7”) – welcomes the European Commission’s initiative to tackle sources of marine litter. To develop effective measures...

  • Versalis (Italy)
    12 January 2018 Company/business organisation
    Versalis (Italy)

    Versalis fully supports the European Commission’s commitment to reduce marine litter. With regard to the threefold approach outlined in the Inception Impact Assessment and in particular the policy options, we can already provide some preliminary considerations: 1) Items already captured: We support the proposal to incentivize collection and recycling rates. However, to make these efforts meaningful and be able to re-inject these materials in...

  • ClientEarth (United Kingdom)
    12 January 2018 Non-governmental organisation (NGO)
    ClientEarth (United Kingdom)

    Overarching comments ClientEarth agrees that we need urgent action on plastics pollution. In that context, the framing of this inception impact assessment (IIA) as relating to ‘marine litter’ rather than ‘plastics pollution’ is unhelpful because: • It ignores the non-visual aspects of plastics pollution (including those relating to SUP and fishing gear), which go far beyond beach litter. • It implies that clean-up and recycling alone will be...

  • KIMO International (United Kingdom)
    12 January 2018 Environmental organisation
    KIMO International (United Kingdom)

    KIMO welcomes this initiative and supports rapid and urgent implementation of dedicated legislation to combat single-use plastics and ALDFG. We have made general comments here in the expectation that a focussed and researched consultation will be available for more detailed comment. The inception document appears to be focussed more on single-use plastic items than on ALDFG, the content for which is lacking in detail. We feel it is imperative...

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