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European Commission

July 2, 2020

A Circular Economy for Plastics

While plastics bring benefits as a functional material, the current system has significant unintended drawbacks, including economic loss of material value and environmental damage, such as marine litter. It has become evident that the plastics economy needs to change from a system that produces waste by design to one that preserves the value and benefits of plastics but eliminates these drawbacks. This report adds to the European Commission’s efforts towards a circular economy for plastics by strengthening the science-policy interface based on scientific evidence. In line with the Commission’s objectives, the insights gathered in this report aim to support the transition towards a circular economy for plastics.

To learn about novel sources, designs, and business models for plastics in a circular economy read the full report HERE

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