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Document 52018PC0340

Initiative summary:
Marine and plastic litter are major global problems. In a circular economy, they represent a waste of resources and energy. In Europe, a major source is single-use plastics, which consists mainly of packaging or items used only once, such as bags, disposable cups and food containers, lids and cutlery. Another major source is fishing gear that is either accidentally lost or intentionally abandoned or discarded. Concrete actions are needed to address this problem.
EuroVoc thesaurus:
EU environmental policy; environmental protection; environmental impact; fishing industry; waste; plastics; waste management; marine pollution; pollution control measures; non-durable goods