Governments urged to agree recycled plastic quota

Recyclers and anti-waste campaigners have urged governments not to oppose the European Parliament's demand for a mandatory minimum of 35% recycled content for plastic bottles from 2025

Recyclers and anti-waste campaigners have urged governments not to oppose the European Parliament's demand for a mandatory minimum of 35% recycled content for plastic bottles from 2025, as MEPs and government delegates kicked off what promise to be tough negotiations over regulations to limit plastic pollution.

The European Parliament and EU Council were poles apart over many issues as they began backroom negotiations on Monday over a proposal that includes an EU-wide ban on the sale of a range of single-use plastic products. Not only does the Council not support the target for recycled content in drinks bottles, it also opposes MEPs' call to expand the list of prohibited products and force manufacturers to shoulder clean-up costs for plastic litter.

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