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Abstract

One of the means of rationalizing Hungarian waste management -in the context of the waste hierarchy- is to increase the rate of waste recycling and reprocessing. Although the Hungarian plastics industry is a very dynamically developing area, the Hungarian legislator has also recognized that the use of certain products is extremely harmful in the long run. Accordingly, stricter measures than the EU directive have been taken and accordingly a number of single-use plastic products from July 2021 are to be banned. In addition, in the case of plastic carrier bags, economic tools have been developed and further improved, which, according to Hungarian waste management experts, have the effect of reducing the volume of plastic products concerned.

In the course of our research we focused on examining the output, product portfolio and characteristics of the Hungarian plastics industry. In this context we examined, what is the role of the single-use plastics present on the Hungarian market, what are the characteristics of the substitute products and what kind of further steps are needed in the field of Hungarian waste management to comply with the EU targets.

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