On January 14, 2014 the European Parliament passed a resolution to ban the most hazardous plastics by 2020. In the resolution, the parliament calls upon the European Commission to revise European legislation to phase out the most hazardous additives and single-use plastic bags by 2020. The resolution further proposes to phase out the landfilling of recyclable plastics by 2020, including a binding target for recycling 80% of plastic waste. The rapporteur of the resolution, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Vittorio Prodi (Alliance of Socialists and Democrats) stated in a press release published on January 14, 2014 on the European Parliament’s website that the resolution proposes a circular economy to deal with environmental and human health problems arising from plastics.

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European Parliament (January 14, 2014). “Plastic waste: Parliament sounds the alarm.”

Vittorio Prodi (December 6, 2013). “Motion for a European Parliament resolution on a European strategy on plastic waste in the environment.” European Parliament.