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ISSN : 2093-2332(Print)
ISSN : 2287-5638(Online)
Journal of Korea Society of Waste Management Vol.35 No.8 pp.683-691

Waste Management in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals : The EU’s Plastics Strategy

Sang-Woo Park*,**,†
*Department of Environmental Engineering & Health Science, Chungnam State University
**Low-Carbon & Resource Cycle Research Institute
First author and Corresponding author : Sang-Woo Park, Director, Low-Carbon & Resource Cycle Research Institute,, 042-382-1061


The plastic strategy adopted by the EU in January 2018 was established to implement circular economic policies and the Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) of the United Nations. The strategy includes the vision and implementation measures to achieve, which are primarily measures to improve recycling and increase demand for recycled plastics. The representative measures include the design that considers recycling possibilities, reinforcement of demand for recycled plastics, suppression of occurrence, and response to micro-plastics. The policies to implement these measures include legislative restrictions and economic measures (EPR, GPP). It is especially desirable that the policies are applied differently depending on the plastic product. The Korean government has established comprehensive measures for all stages from production to recycling, but those measures are not comprehensive compared to the EU’s strategy. The reason is that the refusal of waste collection makes the Korean government establish the approach from the aspect of waste management instead of the implementation of a circular economy or SDGs like the EU. The countermeasures are aimed at achieving a 50% reduction in waste generation amount and a 70% recycling rate. It is considered that the possibility of achieving the goal will increase by examining the measures and policy means in the EU’s plastics strategy.

SDGs시대의 폐기물관리 : EU의 플라스틱 전략

*충남도립대학교 환경보건학과, **저탄소자원순환연구소