How to curb plastic waste: Making Plastics Circular at the 8th Beaulieu Café

Every year, Europeans generate 25 million tonnes of plastic waste, but less than 30% is collected for recycling. Across the world, plastics make up 85% of beach litter. And plastics are even reaching citizens’ lungs and dinner tables, with microplastics in air, water and food having an unknown impact on their health. According to estimates, only 5% of the value of plastic packaging material retains in the economy, the rest is lost aſter a very short first-use. The annual bill accounts for between €70 and €105 billion.


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DG Environment announces the 8th Beaulieu Café on Wednesday 21st November 2018, 17:30-20:00

This Beaulieu Café discusses the impact of the European Commission’s Plastics Strategy, which was adopted in January 2018. The strategy will make recycling profitable for business, curb plastic waste, stop littering at sea, drive investment and innovation and spur change across the world. In addition, in May, new EU-wide rules have been proposed to target the 10 single-use plastic products most oſten found on Europe’s beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear. Questions include how to mobilise all stakeholders and the relevant public authorities, how to stimulate alternatives in the spirit of the circular economy, and how to address the international dimension. Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella will be joined in the discussion by other prominent panel guests.



Beaulieu Café is a mini conference on environmental topics in the form of a talk show with 3 special guests and a live house band.

Moderator of the Beaulieu Café is Daniel Calleja Crespo
Director-general Environment, European Commission

Special Guests: 

  • Karmenu Vella
    European Commissioner for Environment,
    Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Kathleen van Brempt
    Member of the European Parliament
  • Karl-Heinz Foerster
    Director PlasticsEurope
  • Matthieu and Quentin Witvoet
    Un tour du monde de l’économie circulaire du plastique

Entry is free upon registration