EPR Club / DSD Lunch debate - 14 October 2014
POSTPONED TO JANUARY 2015
ACR+ | DSD LUNCH DEBATE
The role of bioplastics in a circular economy – sustainable application and recovery
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED TO JANUARY 2015, DUE TO REASONS BEYOND OUR CONTROL.
The market for bioplastics is growing continuously. Today, they already serve many purposes, such as packaging and cutlery. Furthermore, bioplastics are at the centre of debate when it comes to sustainable resource and waste management and Europe’s transition towards a circular economy.
However, the lack of clear definitions and the great variety of bioplastics often lead to misleading perceptions and leave decision makers and opinion leaders with open questions: How can renewable sources be used for bioplastic products? How can bioplastics contribute to more sustainability with regard to consumer and the environment? How can bioplastics be recycled, recovered or composted? Are today’s recycling and recovery infrastructures suitable for bioplastics? And, if bioplastics are evaluated as sustainable alternatives, how can they be promoted by EPR schemes?
In order to establish and provide the right political framework, there is a need for a comprehensive debate on bioplastics in light of the development of a European circular economy.
Against this background, the lunch debate aims to stimulate a constructive stakeholder dialogue on the role of bioplastics in a circular economy. Expert keynote speakers will deal with different issues and will give practical examples on sustainable application of bioplastics. Moreover, the opportunities and challenges of recovering bioplastics will be presented.
WHEN & WHERE
14 October 2014, 12:30 - 14:30
ACR+ offices, Avenue d'Auderghem 63, 1040 Brussels (View location)
This is an EPR Club event only open for EPR Club members. You can register to this event by sending an email to email@example.com, including your full name, organisation, function, and the event name.
The term “bioplastics” is used for different groups of materials:
- Bio-based plastics: Plastics made from renewable resources. Bio-based plastics can have the same characteristics as plastics made from e.g. crude oil (may be biodegradable, as well as non-biodegradable).
- Biodegradable plastics: The term biodegradable refers to a chemical process during which micro-organisms that are present in the environment convert materials into natural substances such as water, carbon dioxide and biomass. Biodegradable plastics may be manufactured from renewable resource or also from crude oil.
- Oxo-biodegradable plastics: “Oxo” refers to metal salts in plastics used as a catalyst for faster oxidation and breaking of chains, particularly with the help of heat, air and oxygen.
The European Parliament’s proposed directive to reduce the consumption of lightweight plastic carrier bags provides for exceptions for biodegradable and compostable bags and asks for a phasing-out of “oxo-biodegradable” plastics as they may be toxic.