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EuPC, PlasticsEurope en PRE tegen Italiaanse plasticbelasting

Tijdens hun bijeenkomst op de K 2019 in Düsseldorf zijn de CEO’s van EuPC, PlasticsEurope en PRE overeengekomen om stelling te nemen tegen de voorgenomen plasticverpakkingafvalbelasting van1000 euro/ton van de Italiaanse regering.
De beoogde Italiaanse ‘Plastics Packaging Tax’ zal negatieve gevolgen hebben voor de lokale economie, de werkgelegenheid en de consumenten. Italië is na Duitsland de grootste producent van plastic producten en deze voorgenomen belasting zal een negatief domino-effect veroorzaken in de hele kunststoffenketeneconomie.

Renato Zelcher (CEO van EuPC) en eveneens CEO van een Italiaans verpakkingsbedrijf, zegt het volgende: ‘This measure undermines the survival of a sector of excellence, penalizing the products and not the behaviours and will, in fact, slow down all the efforts that were done in terms of circularity.

Plastics materials and plastic products are key to avoid food waste, to reduce transport costs, to save energy and to decrease CO2 emissions. Alternative materials, very often, have a worse environmental impact as they are heavier and bulkier when compared to plastics.

The goal of 10 million tons of recycled plastic to be placed on the EU market has been pledged under the patronage of the European Commission. It is a very ambitious but attainable target that will require many investments in the whole value chain of plastics and it is not with the plastic ban or taxes that this process can be accelerated. On the contrary, it will weigh heavily on our industry, putting thousands of jobs at risk at a time when we already face economic recess in Europe. Our industry is already active in doing its part and we restate our intention to work across value chains to reach the ambitious aim that by 2025, 10 million tonnes of recycled plastics will find their way into new products on the EU market.’

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