Single use plastics, an update

The European Parliament and the Council of the European Union have reached on December 19th, 2018 a provisional political agreement on the single use plastics proposal. This proposal envisages different measures to apply to several specific product categories.

Where alternatives are easily available and affordable, single-use plastic products will be banned from the market, such as plastic cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, beverage stirrers, sticks for balloons, products made of oxo-degradable plastic and food and beverage containers made of expanded polystyrene. For other products, the focus is on limiting their use through a national reduction in consumption; on design and labelling requirements; and waste management/clean-up obligations for producers.

The provisional agreement reached on 2018/12/19 must now be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Council. Following its approval, the new Directive will be published in the EU's Official Journal and the Member States will have to transpose it after two years.

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