On 8 February, the European Parliament adopted its Own Initiative Report on the Circular Economy which recognised the role of bioplastics for the future. Amongst other issues highlighted, the MEPs emphasised the potential role of biobased and biodegradable and compostable plastics in the circular economy whilst noting that bio-based and/or biodegradable plastics alone will not provide a solution to the environmental concerns related to plastics. They also noted the importance of raising awareness on the proper use of bio-based and biodegradable plastics and acknowledged the role of biodegradable/compostable plastics in the recovery of biowaste. MEPs further called on the Commission and Member States to ensure that the separate collection of bio-waste, as introduced by the Waste Framework Directive, is implemented. This improves the production of high-quality compost to support soil enhancement and the generation of renewable energy. 

Although the INI Report is not legally binding, it sets out the Parliaments opinion on the European Commission’s (EC) action plan published in March 2020.        

Together with many other organizations and industries, the bioplastics industry welcomed the Parliament reportThe EP’s report urges the Commission to make a legislative proposal