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ith the new year already in full swing, I'd still like to first of all welcome all
our readers to this first issue of 2024.
Yes, it's true that by the time you read this, the first month of 2024 will
have already come and gone. The initial sparkle of energy that accompanies
a new start has probably faded away; all those good intentions and firm resolutions
for the new year have perhaps started crumbling or even been altogether abandoned.
But a new edition of Sustainable Plastics is always something to look forward to, and
this one is no diff erent. As 2024 promises to be a landmark year for sustainability and
plastics on various levels, as the cover illustrates, in this issue we've chosen to spotlight
one of the more visible changes for this year: tethered caps.
Other milestone developments in 2024 include - of course - the UN's aim to have drafted
an international legally binding instrument on plastic pollution by the end of the year
and the new Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive, which came into force on 1
January and requires all large companies and listed SMEs that operate in the EU - there
are around 50,000 - to report on their climate impact. These companies must begin publishing
regular reports in 2025 for the financial year 2024. Then there's the European Packaging
and Packaging Waste Directive that requires EU member states to have extended
producer responsibility schemes up and running for all packaging types by 2024.
But back to the tethered caps. They've been a long time coming - five years after the
entry into force of the Single-Use Plastics Directive - although even now, that may not
have been long enough for some. The new attached caps require extensive adjustments
to the manufacturing process and redesigns to the packaging itself. Nonetheless, by July
of this year, caps and lids on all beverage containers with a capacity of up to 3 litres will
be required to remain firmly attached to the container even after they have been opened.
The aim of the new rule is to ensure that the caps make it into the recycling stream
together with the bottles or other containers. At the moment, plastic bottle caps are reportedly
the second most-littered item - after cigarette butts - and are among the top 10
items found during beach clean-ups around the world.
Bottle caps, in short, are a major source of environmental pollution, hence the thinking
behind the EU's mandating the use of tethered caps is easy to understand.
After all, by keeping container and closure attached to one another, the odds that the
cap will be recycled rather than littered are considerably increased. As a solution, it represents
another step towards a circular economy, in line with the resolution adopted by
the EU on the new circular economy action plan in 2021.
That, surely, is one resolution that this year we should keep.
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