ETC/CE Report 2022/7 Non-packaging plastics in Europe

05 Dec 2022

Malin Castell Rudenhausen, Alexandra Almasi, Ive Vanderreydt, Shane Colgan, Tobias Nielsen

Plastic is used in many ways and in large quantities across Europe. Environmental concerns make this a key focus for policy. Currently, most policy actions focus on plastic packaging, even though a large proportion of plastics are used for non-packaging applications, such as construction, furniture and consumer electronics. Improved reporting on the flows of non-packaging plastics is needed to inform the development of effective policies and measures that target this significant waste stream and increase resource efficiency, in line with the aims of the circular economy action plan.