Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?

Plastic pollution: Are biodegradable plastics a solution?



Wednesday 16 June 2021, starting at 13:00 – 15:00 CEST (12:00 – 14:00 BST)

Introduction

Plastic pollution is a worldwide issue of increasing concern. Each year, more and more plastic ends up in the natural environment, raising concerns of risk to the environment, animal and human health.

While biodegradable plastics could be part of the solution, they also present certain challenges. Many biodegradable plastic products actually biodegrade only in certain specific environments, or only in industrial composting facilities, rather than in the open environment more generally.

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Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?

Biodegradable plastics: how do we engage with consumers and society?


Webinar: Friday 21st May 2021, starting at 15:00 hours CEST (14:00 hours Ireland and UK)

Introduction

Public awareness and concern over plastics pollution, especially in open environments such as oceans, rivers and land, are at an all-time high.  At the same time, the public is often uncertain and confused about what to do with plastic items after use.  The increasing availability of products made from biodegradable plastics is likely to add to the confusion.

The EU aims to transform the way plastics and plastics products are designed, used and recycled. There are actions planned on several fronts – improving plastic recycling, curbing waste and littering, encouraging innovation and promoting global action.  However, for these plans to work, we need effective waste management infrastructures, coupled with strong engagement and cooperation with the public and society in general.

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