EU ‘failing’ to regulate plastic pollution

Microplastics and poorly biodegradable polymer compounds are currently under-regulated because of gaps in the EU’s chemical and product regulations, according to a new study

Microplastics and poorly biodegradable polymer compounds are currently under-regulated because of gaps in the EU’s chemical and product regulations, according to a new study commissioned by German environmental Group NABU.

The European Commission’s new plastics strategy, presented in January 2018, said it had begun procedures for restricting intentionally added microplastics through its REACH chemicals regulation. But the strategy failed to include “an overarching consideration of polymers, whether dissolved, viscous or liquid”, the report states. Few such materials currently require REACH registration because cosmetics and cleaning products are covered by separate legislation.

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