Based in Amsterdam since 2008, CITIES Foundation has been working to address global urban development problems by implementing solutions at the local level. CITIES first research project, Farming the City, has evolved into a social enterprise for local food distribution service, Foodlogica. In 2017, CITIES published “The Wasted City,” a book exploring models of circular economy to manage waste, starting from plastic food packaging.
The EU has a trash problem. It used to ship 60% of plastics and 13% of paper collected for recycling to China, but Beijing has decided to curb its appetite for foreign waste. Last July China notified the WTO that it will ban imports of 24 categories of waste starting from January 2018, including plastics and mixed papers, and plans a total phase-out of waste imports by 2019, citing environmental concerns.
This article is part of our special report Packaging and the environment. The EU is losing 95% of the value of the plastics it produces. But the European Commission has a strategy to make plastic packaging more sustainable, both environmentally and economically. Last month, the Commission put forward one the most eagerly anticipated environmental files of this term.