Action Plan for the Circular Economy – Eurobarometer

The new Circular Economy Action Plan presents initiatives along the entire life cycle of products in order to modernise and transform our economy while protecting the environment. It is driven by the ambition to make sustainable products that last and to enable citizens to take full part in the circular economy and benefit from the positive change that it brings about.

According to a recent Eurobarometer survey, the growing amount of waste is among the three top environmental concerns to citizens. The interviewed considered that the most effective ways of tackling environmental problems are by changing the way we consume and the way we produce.

Some examples of measures for the Action Plan:

Waste: prevention and reduction, increasing recycled content, minimising waste exports outside EU. An EU model for separate collection and labelling of products will be launched.

Food and packaging: reuse to substitute single-use packaging, tableware and cutlery by reusable products in food services, as well as targets for reducing packaging waste.

Plastics: Single-use products will be phased out wherever possible and replaced by durable products for multiple use. Acting on microplastics: restricting intentionally added microplastics, increasing the capture of microplastics at all relevant stages of the product lifecycle.

Textiles: Driving new business models will boost sorting, reuse and recycling of textiles, and allow consumers to choose sustainable textiles. Eco-design will apply to a broader range of products: clothes will be made to last longer.

Electronics and ICT: Products placed on EU market willbe designed to last longer, to beeasier to repair and upgrade,recycle and reuse.Providing incentives for product-as-service: companies will keep theownership and responsibility for theproduct throughout its lifecycle.