An overview of the problems posed by plastic products and the role of extended producer responsibility in Europe

A team led by the European School of Sustainability Science and Research and the Research and Transfer Centre "Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management" at the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, with the participation of Tallinn University of Technology, University of Tampere and Stockholm Environment Institute has just published the paper "An overview of the problems posed by plastic products and the role of extended producer responsibility in Europe". The article discusses the fact that, with plastic production in Europe on the increase, there is an urgent need to emphasise the role of producers in respect of the production of bioplastics. As stated by the study coordinator, Prof. Walter Leal from the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, "we can only solve the many problems plastic poses to the physical and natural environment by switching to a new generation of materials, which are 100% biological degradable and hence pose no threat to fauna and flora. Here, producers need to act quickly".

The paper is avalable, free of charges, via this link:
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0959652618339799?dgcid=author

The Baltic Research and Publications Office (BUPRaP) 

Mallard duckling with plastic ring around the neck
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