Single-Use Plastics Directive published in the EU Official Journal

14.06.2019 − 

The new Directive "on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment" appeared in the Official Journal of the European Union on 12 June and will enter into force 20 days thereafter. The member states must now adopt the legal and administrative regulations necessary to transpose the new EU Directive into national law. The deadline for transposition will be 3 July 2021.

From that date, the Directive's bans on certain single-use plastic articles and on all oxo-degradable plastic products are to go into effect. New provisions on the labelling of certain products are also to be binding from the transposition deadline. The bans in the Directive cover drinks straws and stirrers, cutlery and plates, plastic-stemmed cotton buds and some take-away cups and containers made of expanded polystyrene (EPS).

The requirement that caps and lids of bottles and other beverage containers remain attached to the containers during their use stage takes effect three years later on 3 July 2024.

Single-use bottles made of plastic must have a recycled content of at least 25 per cent by 2025 and 30 per cent as of 2030. The new Directive also contains new targets for separate collections of these bottles: 77 per cent as of 2025 and 90 per cent as of 2029.

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