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The time has come for the European Parliament’s last opportunity to take concrete action before handing over the reins to the EU’s successors: making it mandatory to produce plastic bottles with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025.

The European Parliament’s last chance to act comes mid-October when they will vote on a draft report that recommends making it mandatory to produce beverage containers with at least 25% of recycled plastics by 2025. If this is voted and followed by the Council of the European Union, Member States will need to reach this target by 2025, making an enormous leap towards a completely circular economy.

In the EU alone, 26 million tonnes of plastic waste is produced of which barely 30% go to recycling processes with the purpose of being reincorporated into new products. New plastic items, such as beverage bottles, incorporate in a best-case scenario only 7% of plastic recyclates!

To find out more, read our full op-ed here.