The European Commission, has appointed Bristol based Eunomia Environmental consultancy to undertake new research to inform their upcoming plastics strategy.
Eunomia are consulting with a variety of stakeholders to understand the challenges and identify measures to work towards a more circular economy and increase recycling rates.
The 'Reinventing Plastics - Closing the Circle' conference on 26 September, will offer a forum for invested companies and individuals to discuss the challenges and solutions to improving the plastics industry and will also feature in the report.
We recycle relatively low levels of plastic globally, and the ocean plastics are growing annually. In the UK alone, around 275,000 tonnes of plastic are used each year, which is equivalent to about about 15 million bottles per day.
Most families throw away about 40kg of plastic per year, which could otherwise be recycled and the use of plastic in Western Europe is growing about 4% each year.
"The prevalence of littered plastic and the relatively low levels at which many plastics are recycled suggests that more needs to be done to effectively tackle these problems." Tim Elliott, technical manager of the project at Eunomia
The European Commission's Plastic Strategy is expected at the end of 2017.
If you fancy doing something locally to help reduced littered plastic in your area - join us this weekend, 15-18 September, for the Great British Beach clean