• Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • 16:00 - 17:30
  • Memo
  • Ravezzi 1 Room South Hall

Organized by: Ecomondo Scientific Technical Committee and EASME - European Commission                                                             


The role and importance of plastics in our economy has grown tremendously over the years, due to their multiple functions that help tackle a number of the challenges facing our society. Global plastics production has increased twentyfold since the 1960s, reaching 322 million tonnes in 2015. It is expected to double again over the next 20 years.

At the same time, the way plastics are currently produced, used and disposed of fails to capture the economic benefits of a more 'circular' approach. Around 25.8 million tonnes of plastic waste are generated annually in Europe and only less than 30% of such waste is collected for recycling. Only in the EU, 150 000 to 500 000 tonnes of plastic waste enter the oceans every year, which is only a small fraction of the global marine litter.

In 2018, a the European Commission adopted an EU-wide Plastics strategy, which lays the foundations to a new plastics economy, where the design and production of plastics and plastic products fully respect reuse, repair and recycling needs and more sustainable materials are developed and promoted. 

EU funding is instrumental in supporting actions to tackle the plastics challenges. This session aims to showcase some of the front-running EU projects funded by Horizon 2020, EMFF, LIFE and EIC, which developed innovative solutions for plastics waste prevention, product design and recycling.

The session is organised in two panels, focusing on 1) the role of stakeholder engagement in tacking plastics prevention and pollution; and on 2) new solutions for improving recycling. The session is intended to be highly interactive, engaging a number of representatives from EU projects.


16:00 – 16:10 Update on main policies and EASME support

16:10 – 16:50 – Panel 1: Design and recycling: new technology trends and challenges

  • marGnet : Mapping and recycling of marine litter and ghost nets on the sea-floor
  • BLUENET : Creating new life for discarded fishing and aquaculture gears to prevent marine litter generation
  • FiberEUse : Large scale demonstration of new circular economy value-chains based on the reuse of end-of-life fiber reinforced composites
  • ECOBULK : Circular Process for Eco-Designed Bulky Products and Internal Car Parts
  • FlexPack2Circle : Transfer of Multimaterial Flexible Packaging to Circular Economy

16:50 – 17:25 Panel 2: Prevention of plastics waste: the role of stakeholder engagement

  • AQUA-LIT : Working with the aquaculture sector to prevent marine litter from entering the sea
  • NetTag : Tagging fishing gears and enhancing on board best-practices to promote waste free fisheries
  • PlastiCircle : Improvement of the plastic packaging waste chain from a circular economy approach
  • FORCE : Cities cooperating for the circular economy
  • Clean Sea LIFE : Clean Sea Life


17:25 Wrap up: key take away messages