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Reducing plastic pollution in the Netherlands and Germany

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Reducing plastic pollution in the Netherlands and Germany

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Plastic is one of the most popular materials used in products, but it also leaves the earth to deal with a major environmental issue, namely plastic pollution. The oceans in particular are filled with plastic waste, which harms biodiversity and ecosystems. It also negatively impacts countries and their economy, therefore, this research aims to determine how the Netherlands and Germany can contribute to the reduction of plastic pollution. Specifically, it focuses on the approach the European Union took towards the transition to a circular economy, as well as on how the Netherlands and Germany are working towards a circular economy. It also compares the two countries and finds out similarities and differences. In this context, a circular economy is defined as an economy where everything that otherwise would be considered waste, is reused and repaired. Additionally, it helps separate the economic activity from the use of finite resources.

To answer the research question, more information about the plastic problem in Europe, the Netherlands and Germany was needed. Therefore, semi-structured interviews were conducted with three experts. Moreover, the results showed that Germany and the Netherlands are quite different in their approach. The European Union and the Netherlands implemented many policies and other initiatives to combat plastic pollution. However, while Germany is doing well in combatting plastic pollution, it introduced less plans and initiatives than the Netherlands.

Therefore, the overall outcome of the research is that the Netherlands and Germany can reduce plastic pollution by transitioning to a circular economy. However, it is advisable to create coherent and binding initiatives between all Member States. Additionally, Germany and the Netherlands should further extend their Deposit Return Schemes, as well as increase their recycling capacity. Moreover, it is important that the transition to a circular economy is financially supported.

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OrganisatieDe Haagse Hogeschool
OpleidingMO Europese Studies / European Studies
AfdelingFaculteit Management & Organisatie
Jaar2020
TypeBachelor
TaalEngels

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