Belgian trade group signs plastics anti-dumping resolution

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: May 9, 2013 11:35 am ET
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:36 am ET

Related to this story

Topics Sustainability Government & Legislation
Companies & Associations

BRUSSELS — Belgian plastics association Federplast.be, environmental groups and the Belgian-Dutch association of coastal communities have signed a resolution to stop the dumping of plastics waste in the North Sea and other rivers and seas.

According to the resolution, the North Sea receives 20,000 tons of plastic waste each year, costing Belgium and the Netherlands 10 million euros. The large pieces of plastic are dangerous for sea mammals and turtles, smaller pieces pose a threat to seabirds and some materials degrade into micro plastics, which are eaten by fish, plankton and crustaceans.

The resolution points out that banning plastics is not the solution and instead calls for more responsible use.

"Take plastics out of a pacemaker, a prosthesis, an intravenous drop or other medical applications and we are years going back in time," it says. "Plastics also have their merits and are as such not a problem."

The resolution is also calling for the authorities to work towards stopping further pollution and cleaning up waste at sea.

"That everybody carries responsibility is clear: 50 percent of the waste comes from ships, 50 percent of the waste is coming from onshore," says the document.

New sources of pollution should also be prevented, it adds.

The organizations that signed the resolution have asked for the following actions:

  • Legislation regarding the reuse and recycling of plastic waste
  • A ban on non-degradable micro plastics in consumer products
  • Public campaigns to create awareness of the issue of plastic pollution
  • Public and private initiatives to combat pollution on land and at sea
  • A general ban on the disposal of waste at sea
  • Scientific research and monitoring to map the ecological, economic and social impact of plastic pollution.


Comments

Belgian trade group signs plastics anti-dumping resolution

EUROPEAN PLASTICS NEWS

Published: May 9, 2013 11:35 am ET
Updated: May 9, 2013 11:36 am ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Ford moving forward in carbon fiber for 'high volume' use

April 17, 2015 10:21 am ET

Ford Motor Co. has signed a deal with a carbon-fiber manufacturer to jointly explore “high-volume” automotive uses for the lightweight...    More

Image

Thailand's Royal Group adding thermoforming plant in Indiana

April 17, 2015 11:17 am ET

Royal Interpack North America Inc. is spending $12 million to make recycle-content PET clamshell containers in Anderson, Ind.    More

Image

Zoltek expanding CF capacity in Europe

April 17, 2015 10:12 am ET

Leading carbon fiber group Zoltek Corp. has signed a strategic agreement with the Hungarian government to expand its operation in northern Hungary,...    More

Image

Hanwha Azdel adds capacity in Lynchburg

April 16, 2015 2:01 pm ET

Composite maker Hanwha Azdel Inc. will add space and a new production line at its Lynchburg, Va., production facility, the company announced April 16.    More

Image

Denmark's Faerch Plast looks to expand packaging market beyond Europe

April 16, 2015 10:52 am ET

Denmark-based Faerch Plast A/S, a food packaging company, has announced it plans to target Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East, the U.S., Canada, ...    More

Market Reports

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molding Market Analysis & Processor Rankings

Plastics News BUNDLED package contains our in-depth Market Analysis of the Injection Molding segment. You will gain keen insight on current trends and our economic outlook.

As a BONUS this includes PN's updated 2014 database of North American Injection Molders RANKED by sales volume. Sort, merge, mail & prospect by end market, materials processed, region, # of plants and more.

Learn more

Plastics Caps & Closures Market Report

The annual recap of top trends and future outlook for the plastics caps & closures market features interviews with industry thought leaders and Bill Wood’s economic forecast of trends in growing end markets. You will also gain insight on trends in caps design, materials, machinery, molds & tooling and reviews of mergers & acquisitions.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 15, 2015 - September 17, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

More Events