Although the harmful consequences of the mass use of plastic products are well known to everyone, as a society we are not managing to stop the accumulation of waste and the polluting of nature.

Plastic does not decompose, it is permanently held in the living environment of people and animals, and its disposal by incineration pollutes the air. The accumulation of plastic material can be reduced by avoiding the use of plastic packaging and the buying of single-use plastic bags. Today we recognise the special types of plastic which are possible to recycle, such plastics have a recycling symbol on them and new plastic products are made from them later.

The Waste management and ban of plastic programme deals with policies of the European Union which prohibit the use of single-use plastic and encourage recycling. The environmental policies of the European Union are the start of structural changes which will deliver numerous benefits for the environment and economy such as the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions in transport and controlled sustainable waste management.

The Retox panel raises the question of how local waste management systems can contribute to the reduction of environmental pollution by implementing international directives of the reduction of plastic waste.

Waste management and the ban of plastic is spoken about by Luka Rodela (HR) from Rijeka’s Ri:Use centre for recycling, a place of collective work and education about a better communal system and of the revived local community within which new products are designed, developed and created from waste materials, primarily plastic and wood.