Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs

Circular Plastics Alliance

Circular Plastics Alliance

Making plastics more circular to avoid plastic littering into the environment is a priority for the European Union. Recycling more plastics is a key solution. The Circular Plastics Alliance gathers key stakeholders in the plastics value chains to promote new voluntary action by industry for more recycled plastics. The Circular Plastics Alliance wants to ensure that 10 million tons of recycled plastics find their way into new European products by 2025.

The Commission launched the Circular Plastics Alliance on 11 December 2018 with the support of First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and Vice-President Jyrki Katainen.

First meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance

30 stakeholder organisations have already joined the Alliance and gathered for the first meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance on 5 February 2019 in Brussels. Vice-President Katainen  chaired the first meeting, which took place at the European Industry Days.

At the first meeting, the participants confirmed their strong will to work together along the plastics value chains and ensure that 10 million tons of recycled plastics are sold in the EU by 2025.

They agreed to work in priority on 5 topics:

  • Collection and sorting of plastic waste
  • Product design for recycling
  • Recycled plastic content in products
  • R&D and investments, including chemical recycling
  • Monitoring of recycled plastics sold in the EU

Operational working groups will be set up immediately and work on concrete solutions during spring 2019.

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30 stakeholders of the Circular Plastics Alliance

  • Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+)
  • Construction Products Europe
  • Cosmetics Europe
  • Digital Europe
  • Eurocommerce
  • European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA)
  • European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA)
  • European Brands Association (AIM)
  • European Chemical Industry Council (CEFIC)
  • European Composites Industry Association (EUCIA)
  • European Federation of Bottled Waters (EFBW)
  • European Federation of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD)
  • European Manufacturers of Expanded Polystyrene (EUMEPS)
  • European Organisation for Packaging and the Environment (EUROPEN)
  • European Organisation for Recovered Fuels  (ERFO)
  • European Plastics Converters (EuPC)
  • European Snacks Association (ESA)
  • Extended Producer Responsibility Alliance (EXPRA)
  • FoodDrink Europe
  • Home Appliance Europe (APPLIA)
  • International Association for Soaps, Detergents and Maintenance Products (AISE)
  • International Association of the Nonwovens manufacturers (EDANA)
  • Orgalime
  • Petcore Europe
  • Plastics Europe
  • Plastics Recyclers Europe (PRE)
  • Polyolefins Circular Economy Platform (PCEP)
  • Soft Drinks Europe (UNESDA)
  • Styrenics Circular Solutions (SCS)
  • Vinylplus

Indicative timeline for the Circular Plastics Alliance

5 February 2019First meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance at the European Industry Days
5-6 March 2019Meeting of the Pledgers and session on plastics at the Circular Economy Stakeholder Conference
End February 2019Report by the European Commission on the assessment of the voluntary pledges received under annex III of the European Strategy for Plastics (staff working document)
March-June 2019Operational meetings on the 5 priority topics identified at the first meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance
September 2019Second meeting of the Circular Plastics Alliance (tbc)

Background

The European Commission announced the launch of the Circular Plastics Alliance on 11 December 2018. The launch of the Circular Plastics Alliance followed a preliminary assessment of the voluntary pledges for recycled plastics submitted to the Commission by industry.

The Commission received 70 voluntary pledges from industry by end 2018.

The Commission’s preliminary assessment of the pledges in November 2018 showed that pledges from suppliers of recycled plastics were sufficient to reach the EU target of 10 million tons sold in Europe by 2025. However, the pledges from users of recycled plastics (plastics converters and manufacturers) were not sufficient. There was therefore a gap to bridge.

The Commission called on stakeholders to submit voluntary pledges for recycled plastics in January 2018, in Annex III of the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy.

Secretariat and contact

The Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs provides secretariat for the Circular Plastics Alliance.

Contact: GROW-ENV-RPLASTICS-PLEDGE@ec.europa.eu