Supporting EU regions to curb plastics waste and littering

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Supporting EU regions to curb plastics waste and littering


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Themes Environment and resource efficiency, sustainable management of plastic waste, reduction of plastic waste, recycling and reuse, circular economy, policy for sustainable use of plastic resources
Duration 01.08.2019 – 31.07.2023


Co-financed by
European Regional Development Fund

INTERREG EUROPE – European Territorial Co-operation (ETC) programme

Total budget
 1,610,258.00 EUR


Project partners
Lead partner:

1.       Greece – Municipality of Rethymno

Project partners:

2.       Bulgaria – Stara Zagora Regional Economic Development Agency

3.       Romania– Bucharest-Ilfov Regional Development Agency

4.       Austria– Styrian Provincial Government

5.       Italy –  Lombardy Region

6.       France – Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes Energy Environment Agency

7.      Germany –  Cluster of Environmental Technologies Bavaria

8.      Latvia – Association Baltic Coasts

The widespread plastic pollution necessitates a strong reaction from EU regions, to address growing environmental and health concerns. PLASTECO, in line with the “European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy”, will support participating territories to take the steps necessary for a transition towards a “new plastics economy”. The focus of the project will be on advances in waste management, eradication of single-use plastics from regional value chains, and spurring growth through eco-innovation. PLASTECO will cover the areas of waste management, public procurement, funding/investments, secondary raw materials, and awareness raising.



PLASTECO will support 8 partners from 8 EU countries, through joint policy learning efforts and exchanges of experiences, to benefit from the momentum of the EU plastics strategy and achieve their goals in terms of protecting the environment, increasing resource efficiency, alleviating health effects, and boosting innovation. PLASTECO will enable partners and key stakeholders to:

  • assess the current situation, potential, and barriers in their regions;
  • identify pathways for sustainable growth in plastics value-chains;
  • design and put into effect new policy measures and regulations.



The implementation of PLASTECO will:

– Lead to increased capacity of 180 staff of public administrations to effectively support new growth trajectories & energy security

– Potential 19 million euros unlocked to support projects on plastic reuse, eco-innovation, alternative technologies

– Increased awareness & consensus building among plastic producers and consumers/the public



– 8 action plans to improve the addressed policies, benefiting managing authorities & stakeholders

– 4 interregional workshops, 2 study visits, and 2 joint policy planning and strategic review procedures, to promote capacity building among partners and stakeholders

– 3 joint thematic studies on territorial needs and good practices


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