The so-called "take, make, dispose" linear economy model which societies rely upon has led to worrying environmental problems. The concept of circular economy challenges the current unsustainable model - its prerogative is resource conservation and it has the potential to fully close the loop.
Global waste management has been neglected over the past decades. Far too much plastic has been improperly discarded into the natural environment. The litter affects biodiversity, enters the food chain and eventually has an impact on our health.
Europe is in the position to become the pioneer of the circular economy and to offset the negative externalities of the linear model. The ground work to facilitate the transition was laid out by introducing the Circular Economy Package. However, it is unacceptable that recycling remains still in the third position, behind landfill and incineration. By pushing for higher targets, global recyclability guidelines, ban on landfill and standards on sorting we can change the current state of the affairs.