Last week the Dutch Parliament discussed the proposal for a mandatory deposit return system for small plastic bottles. After more than 25 years of dialogue with the industry, it seems that this might be the only solution to tackle plastic pollution.
EU Institutions have agreed on the proposal for the Directive on single-use plastics. This proposal establishes ambitious targets aimed at reducing the amount of the most commonly occurring plastic products that end up in our rivers and oceans.
A recent covenant between the Netherlands and The Ocean Cleanup will allow the latter to carry out its activities on the high seas under the Dutch flag. Research conducted by the Leiden Advocacy Project on Plastic may have contributed to this agreement.