EU consultation on circular economy action plan

European Committee of the Regions launches stakeholder consultation to inform upcoming opinion on circular economy action plan; targets local and regional authorities and their stakeholder associations; comments due by May 1, 2020

Online circular economy program

Ellen MacArthur Foundation launches free training program split into weekly webinars and online discussion space; open to everyone, begins April 15, 2020

EEA reviews EU policies and targets for circular economy

European Environment Agency (EEA) publishes report analyzing results from survey of 32 EU countries on policies in place for transition to a circular economy; identifies lack of target setting across region, shifting role of government, broadened focus on circular economy perspective

Webinar on COVID-19 and zero waste

Zero Waste Europe webinar on April 7, 2020 to examine how to prioritize public health while still progressing towards zero waste lifestyle during pandemic, feature speakers from association for sustainable resource management (ACR+) and the Food Packaging Forum

Mass balance principles for plastic recycling

American Chemistry Council (ACC) proposes principles for applying mass balance approach in plastics recycling; includes traceability across supply chain and third-party auditing to verify product claims

Dutch Plastic Pact publishes baseline data

Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) releases first progress report towards 2025 goals; provides data from 27 signatories on recycling potential and use of recycled plastics to serve as baseline; data still lacking on reuse, sorting, and quantity of hazardous substances in plastics

EASAC report on plastic packaging and circular economy

European Academies’ Science Advisory Council provides seven recommendations to EU policymakers for transitioning to circular economy; include banning plastic waste exports, extending producer responsibility, ‘end misleading about bio-based alternatives’, limiting additives and resins

European Plastics Pact launched

Public-private partnership sets targets for signatories by 2025; includes designing all packaging to be re-useable or at least recyclable, reducing virgin plastics by 20%, increasing recycling by 25%, having 30% recycled content

Green Alliance finds plastic-only strategies ‘not working’

Report cautions current regulatory approaches focused on plastics, instead encourages improving careful management of all materials; calls for urgent review of food contact materials, implementation of fiscal measures to reduce use across material types

EC publishes Circular Economy Action Plan

European Commission’s new plan includes specific aims to simplify packaging materials, reduce unnecessary packaging use, set mandatory requirements for recycled content, remove hazardous chemicals from product life cycles; timelines for individual initiatives published