Commission proposes measures to reduce microplastic pollution from plastic pellets

The European Commission proposes for the first time measures to prevent microplastic pollution from the unintentional release of plastic pellets. The proposal aims to ensure that all operators handling pellets in the EU take the necessary precautionary measures.

This is expected to reduce pellet release by up to 74 %, leading to cleaner ecosystems, contributing to plastic-free rivers and ocean, and reducing potential risks to human health.

Additionally, the Commission opened a consultation until 13 December 2023 and published specific Q&As.