EU to register ‘ReturnthePlastics’ initiative on plastic bottle recycling

The European Commission stated on August 13 it determined to register a European Citizens’ Initiative entitled ‘ReturnthePlastics: A Citizen’s Initiative to implement an EU-wide deposit-system to recycle plastic bottles”.

The organisers of the initiative name on the Commission to current a proposal to implement an EU-wide deposit-system to recycle plastic bottles, incentivise all EU Member States that supermarkets (chains) that are promoting plastic bottles set up reverse merchandising machines for recycling the plastic bottles after being bought and utilized by the buyer, and

make the plastic bottle producing corporations pay plastic taxes for the recycling and deposit-system of the plastic bottles (beneath the precept that the polluter ought to pay).

The Commission stated it considers that this initiative is legally admissible as a result of it meets the mandatory circumstances. At this stage, the Commission stated it has not analysed the substance of the initiative.

Following the registration on August 13, the organisers can begin accumulating signatures. If a European Citizens’ Initiative receives 1 million statements of assist inside 1 yr from no less than seven completely different Member States, the Commission should react. The Commission might determine both to take the request ahead or not, and might be required to clarify its reasoning.

The European Citizens’ Initiative was launched with the Lisbon Treaty as an agenda-setting device within the fingers of residents. It was formally launched in April 2012.

The circumstances for admissibility are the proposed motion doesn’t manifestly fall outdoors the framework of the Commission’s powers to submit a proposal for a authorized act, it’s not manifestly abusive, frivolous or vexatious, and it’s not manifestly opposite to the values of the Union.

So far, the Commission has obtained 107 requests to launch a European Citizens’ Initiative, 82 of which had been admissible and thus certified to be registered.


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