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Global Plastics Policy Centre (2022) March A., Salam, S., Evans, T., Hilton, J., Fletcher, S. (editors). Global Plastics Policy Review. Revolution Plastics, University of Portsmouth.

Latvia Regulations Regarding Separate Waste Collection, Preparation for Re-use, Recycling and Material Recovery

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This policy is designed to produce separation of waste collection for recycling. The policy requires separation of waste into 4 categories and has been introduced due to the EU Waste Directive. There are taxes on landfill and hard to recycle plastic. By 2030 plastic must contain 30% recycled content. Latvia is the lead recycler of plastic polymers in the European Union through two companies and recycled flakes are exported. There has been extensive investment in recycling infrastructure with four plants being built.

ERP is part of the regulations and companies are required to help with educating the public on separation of waste. The policy is increasing waste separation and recycling and landfill taxes are encouraging reuse.

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Through an analytical framework, we've reviewed over 100 plastic policies. These reviews determine the effectiveness of policies in reducing plastic pollution and we offer recommendations in light of this evidence, to enhance future policy making. You can find out more about our methods on our methods page.

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