Europe has pushed back their deadlines to increase using recycled plastics for industries since the China recyclable ban placed in early 2018. This showcases how dependent  Europe is on sending their waste to other nations. The pledge deadlines were supposed to be met in June, but Europe has postpone them. China placed the ban, as they feel they should focus more on their environmental impact and began to refuse other counties’ waste. The European Union creates an estimate 25-26 million tons of plastic waste a year, but only recycles a quarter of it. Half of the recycled waste is normally sent to China where the recyclables are turned into products that range from office furniture to cable coatings. By 2025, the EU want to use ten million tons of recycled plastic in new products. Company pledges were supposed to be met this summer, but has been pushed back until after December. There have been few new laws set in order since the European Parliament and European Commission head elections and the Brexit is scheduled soon. However, the EU is still pushing their proposal to ban throwaway plastics like cotton buds and plastic straws. The government will struggle to enforce decreasing waste without incentives  and regulations on industries. European recyclers are planning to scale up capacity, but they need of more buyers closer to the nations. For now, they are selling their waste to other parts of Asia, but it only covers half of what China used to buy. Much of the rest is being incinerated, and this action puts the progress made by the EU in trouble of back paddling.

The New York Times