On 3 March 2021the EUBP webinar “Organic recycling within the circular economy: the role of compostable plastics” explored the contribution of biodegradable and compostable plastics to help the EU to meet its organic waste recovery targets by the end of 2023. In order to establish a truly circular economy, the EU needs to capture this untapped potential by collecting and organically recycling this waste into high value compost for soil enrichment.  

In her welcome statement, our host MEP Maria Spyraki gave a comprehensive overview of the political environment for bioplastics. She outlined the environmental challenges and identified compostable plastics as an important part of the solution. According to Ms Spyraki, “compostable plastics are an attractive answer and a credible part of the solution to the circular economy transition problems.” However, still, several barriers must be overcome to enable the extensive use of these materials. MEP Spyraki called for a common bioplastics definition, the complete implementation of existing EU legislation, and underlined the importance of ensuring a stable market for bioplastics as well as the need for further investment into research. 

Ms Spyraki’s presentation was complemented by an overview given by François de Bie, Chairman of EUBP. He showed how bioplastics fit into the EU’s political agenda outlined in the European Green Deal and the new Circular Economy Action Plan: the need for climate neutral material, the improvement of organic waste