Europe’s circular economy has been given a major boost today with the release of a comprehensive new strategy on plastics.

The much anticipated plans by the continent’s political leaders include a range of actions of commitments, such as ensuring all plastic packaging in the European Union is recyclable by 2030.

“If we don’t change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. We must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The only long-term solution is to reduce plastic waste by recycling and reusing more. This is a challenge that citizens, industry and governments must tackle together. With the EU Plastics Strategy we are also driving a new and more circular business model. We need to invest in innovative new technologies that keep our citizens and our environment safe whilst keeping our industry competitive,” said First Vice-President Frans Timmermans, responsible for sustainable development.