Comments on: New OECD report shows recycling’s Herculean task https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/new-oecd-report-shows-recyclings-herculean-task/ EU news and policy debates across languages Tue, 28 Aug 2018 21:27:57 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 By: Mike Parr https://www.euractiv.com/section/energy-environment/news/new-oecd-report-shows-recyclings-herculean-task/#comment-334431 Fri, 25 May 2018 15:46:50 +0000 https://www.euractiv.com/?post_type=news&p=1241382#comment-334431 The OECD report addresses symptoms (packaging – the need to recycle) not causes – the need for packaging. Efficiently recyling plastic packaging is thus, at best a short term (5 – 10 years?) solution. Given this, there is a bit missing from this sentence: “Plastic production is still the go-to option over recycling”……in the short term – there fixed it for you.

Oil-based packaging has no future in the medium-long term – if (& it is a big IF) society is serious about moving to carbon neutrality . For the most part it oil-based packaging does not bio-degrade & has been adopted on scale it has because it suits various business models – primarily those of super-markets. Thus there are two pathways with respect to packaging: minimise packaging (path one), use bio-degradable packaging which could be re-used if re-cycled. (path two).

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