The EU's single-use plastic directive: Turning the tide on plastic waste

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17 June 2019

The EU's single-use plastic directive: Turning the tide on plastic waste

Report summary

The European Commission's proposal for the Single Use Plastic Directive has been formally endorsed by the European Parliament. This initiative, which includes a 90% collection target for PET beverage bottles by 2029, delivers on the commitment made in the European Plastics Strategy to tackle wasteful and damaging plastic litter through legislative action. In this Insights report, Wood Mackenzie Chemicals investigates the background of this piece of legislation, what is aiming to achieve, and will provide an overview into the implications in meeting the ambitious proposal, including answering the following questions: • Which European countries are in a weak position? • What do the targets mean for industry players? • What are the challenges to achieving targets and how can we mitigate these? • Will we continue to see product bans and charges? • What are the implications for PET and RPET demand?

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Key implications:
  • The rising tide of plastic waste
  • Turning the tide
  • The future is circular
  • Single-use plastics under the spotlight
  • Improving waste collection
  • Collection does not guarantee recycling
  • Impact of the Basel Convention
  • A win-win for PET
  • Summary
  • Key findings

Tables and charts

This report includes 9 images and tables including:

  • Per capita consumption of PET beverage bottles in 2017
  • Major commodity plastics and their uses
  • Europe waste collection and treatment by country
  • EU PET bottle consumption and collection rate
  • Key activities in PET recycling
  • Bottle deposit schemes shown to boost bale quality
  • European plastic waste exports on downward trend
  • Industry targets for recycle content in PET bottles

What's included

This report contains:

  • Document

    EU single use plastic directive Insight.pdf

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