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KIDV signs European Plastics Pact

Publication date: March 6, 2020

In five years, all the plastic we use will be recyclable or reusable. This is one of the objectives of the European Plastics Pact, to which more than ninety companies, organisations and public authorities are signing today in Brussels. The Netherlands Institute for Sustainable Packaging (KIDV) is one of the signatories.

KIDV signs European Plastics Pact

The European Plastics Pact consists of agreements between plastic producers, large corparations, governments and recyclers. The pact contains four substantive goals:

  1. Make plastic packaging fully recyclable and, where possible, suitable for reuse;
  2. Reduce unnecessary plastic use and reduce the use of plastics made from petroleum by at least 20 percent;
  3. Improve current collection, sorting and recycling capacity by at least 25 percent;
  4. Use at least 30 percent recycled plastic in new packaging and products.

Stientje van Veldhoven (Dutch Minister for the Environment and Housing) - last year's initiator of the Dutch Plastic Pact - together with her French and Danish colleagues (Brune Poirson and Lea Wermelin) are the initiators of the European Plastics Pact. The idea started a year ago between the three ministers at a meeting in Brussels. Immediately after today's signing, the first working groups started to work on various topics, such as monitoring, transport of plastic waste and circular plastic design.

The European Commission is involved as an observer of the Pact. The European Commission will also see where the European Plastics Pact can contribute to new plastics policy based on the European Green Deal.

Click here for the European Plastics Pact.

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