In mid-January 2018 the EU Commission revealed a new goal: 100 per cent plastic recycling by 2030. At the same time, there is to be a reduction in the consumption of disposable plastic products. To achieve this target, the Commission has now invested EUR 250 million, and another EUR 100 million is to be spent on appropriate research by 2020. The EU has thus specified an overarching strategy in addition to the Waste Directive that was passed recently. The aim is to recycle 65 per cent of all packaging by 2025 and 70 per cent by 2030. The new directive is to ensure a high level of commitment and to provide greater incentives for material recycling.