The Circular Economy Action Plan contained the following two-fold objectives to be achieved:
- enabling recycling and improving the uptake of secondary raw materials; and
- substituting substances of concern and, where this is not possible, reducing their presence and improving their tracking.
These two objectives, one stemming from waste policy and the other from chemicals policy, have often been perceived to be in opposition to each other.
The aim of this Communication is to promote a broad discussion in the Union on how the major elements identified at the interface between chemicals, product and waste legislation can be addressed.