An Overview of the Problems Posed by Plastic Products and the Role of Extended Producer Responsibility in Europe

Walter Leal, Ulla Saari, Mariia Fedoruk, Arvo Iital, Harri Moora, Marija Klöga, Viktoria Voronova

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    Abstract

    Plastic products are easy and convenient for our everyday use,
    but their negative impacts on human health and the environment cannot be
    overlooked. The negative impacts and effects of plastic waste are now
    widely known and have been subject of much recent media coverage, both in
    Europe and on a global level.
    Faced with increasing amounts of plastic waste, the European Union as a
    whole and many European governments in particular, are currently revising
    the policy options available to cope with the problem. One of the tools
    which may be deployed with a view to reducing the pressures posed by
    plastic waste, is the Extended Producer Responsibility principle. It is
    considered to be one of the major waste management policy instruments
    that support the implementation of the European waste hierarchy. Its
    application may assist in fostering the collection and recycling of waste
    streams that contain plastic. This paper presents an overview of the
    problems posed by plastic waste, and outlines their environmental
    dimensions. It discusses the role of the Extended Producer Responsibility
    principle and provides some recommendations that may be useful in
    enhancing extended producer responsibility.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)550-558
    Number of pages18
    JournalJournal of Cleaner Production
    Volume214
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019
    Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Keywords

    • Plastic
    • Plastic Waste
    • Europe
    • Extended Producer Responsibility

    Publication forum classification

    • Publication forum level 2

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