The following Environment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
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Dealing with plastic waste is not a new issue, and for many years, controls such as those found in the Waste Framework Directive 2008/98/EC (Waste Framework Directive) and its predecessor directives, have provided rules on how waste should be dealt with. Concepts such as the waste hierarchy, which sets out how various waste streams, including plastics, should be managed in order to reduce landfill disposal, by prevention, preparing for re-use, and by recycling or using other recovery methods are key frameworks in this area. These work alongside other controls—many of which are outlined below in more detail.
What has changed more recently, is an increasing awareness of the problems associated with plastics, particularly in the marine environment, as well as a greater understanding of how plastics degrade and leach into the environment.
Around 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated every year in Europe of which less than 30% is
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