A policy which only aims at promoting recycling – which was the main focus so far of the waste management regulations in the EU circular economy package – is not enough. The facts available today are sufficient to justify more extensive measures. Nevertheless further research is still required, which must be carried out just as ambitiously. The “Reasons for and objectives of the proposal” could be supplemented with additional data and facts to support the proposal. All those data and facts show that it is, of course, not a question of doubting plastic as a material, but that we need another approach as to how we handle plastic as a material.

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