Industry is awaiting details on how Nicolas Hulot’s announcement that 100% of plastics will be recycled will be put into action

The new president Emmanuel Macron has put the circular economy and recycling at the heart of his government's new economic model. Nicolas Hulot, the new Minister for Ecological Transition and Solidarity, said the government was aiming for the use of 100% recycled plastics through the economy by 2025 as part of its journey to a 100% circular economy. He said companies would be expected to come up with intelligent strategies to deal with waste, and promised a road map in 2018.

Greenpeace, which has been leading the global campaign against ocean plastics, applauded the ambition of 100% recycled plastics, but said Hulot did not explain how that would be achieved. It pointed out that France is a laggard on plastic recycling in Europe, trailing Germany and Switzerland, and even the UK. According to resources group Veolia, France recycles just a quarter of its plastic waste, with one third going untreated to landfill. In the UK, one third of plastic packaging is recycled.

The plastics industry was also sceptical. Michel Loubry, from the trade association PlasticsEurope said: “The goal of 100% recycled plastics by 2025 is not realistic.  On the other hand, we can target 100% recovery and no landfill.”

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