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  • Commission staff working document, impact assessment - Reducting Marine Litter : action on single use plastics and fishing gear


    European Commission



    Plastics play an important role in our economy and daily lives but the way it is currently produced, used and discarded harms the environment. The amount of marine litter in oceans and seas is growing, to the detriment of ecosystems, biodiversity and potentially human health causing widespread concern. At the same time, valuable material that could be brought back into the economy is lost, once littered. The potential economic and environmental benefits of a more resource - efficient and circular approach are not realised. The need to tackle these problems and reduce the environmental, economic and social harm is widely recognised.


Mis à jour le 8 octobre 2019 2019