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Marine and plastic litter are major global problems. In a circular economy, they represent a waste of resources and energy. In Europe, a major source is single-use plastics, which consists mainly of packaging or items used only once, such as bags, disposable cups and food containers, lids and cutlery. Another major source is fishing gear that is either accidentally lost or intentionally abandoned or discarded. Concrete actions are needed to address this problem.

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15 December 2017 - 12 January 2018 (midnight Brussels time)
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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...

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28 May 2018
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28 May 2018 - 24 July 2018 (midnight Brussels time)
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  • Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V. (Germany)
    25 Juli 2018 Business association
    Verband Deutscher Mineralbrunnen e.V. (Germany)

    Die Kommission hat am 28.05.2018 einen Vorschlag für eine „Richtlinie über die Verringerung der Auswirkungen bestimmter Kunststoffprodukte auf die Umwelt“ veröffentlicht. Nach Artikel 6 Nr. 1 des Richtlinienvorschlags sollen künftig Einweg-Getränkeverpackungen aus Kunststoff, sofern „deren Verschlüsse und Deckel zu einem erheblichen Teil aus Kunststoff bestehen, nur in Verkehr gebracht werden, wenn diese Verschlüsse und Deckel während der für...

  • Belbal (Belgium)
    24 July 2018 Company/business organisation
    Belbal (Belgium)

    We have been in the balloon industry for over 30 years, producing balloons only from natural rubber latex and environmental aspects have been always important for us. Therefore we welcome the efforts of the Commission to reduce marine litter, however we consider the SUP proposal have been not properly assessed in terms of impact of balloons and balloon sticks. Despite no clear data, balloons and balloon sticks have been included in the top 10...

  • Godan S.A. (Poland)
    24 July 2018 Company/business organisation
    Godan S.A. (Poland)

    We understand and support every effort of the European Commission to protect the environment and reduce marine litter, but we worry that the Commission has included Balloons and Balloon sticks in this Directive, without properly assessing their impact on the environment. Godan SA is a company based in Poland. We employ around a hundred people and our business is based mostly on balloons. More than half of our sales comes from them. Moreover,...

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