EU passes rules on single-use plastics

Brussels – The EU has put itself at the forefront of the global fight against plastic soup by adopting new rules on single-use plastics.

Within two years all member states will have to implement a ban on selected single-use products for which alternatives exist on the market. This includes plastic cutlery, straws and plates, as well as food and drinks containers made of expanded polystyrene.

Extended producer responsibility schemes will be introduced for certain products that cause a lot of litter such as fishing gear and tobacco filters. These schemes must be implemented by 2023 or 2024 depending on the product.

A 90% target has been set for the separate collection of plastic bottles by 2029, with an intermediate target of 77% by 2025. The Commission hopes this will bring about the introduction of deposit refund schemes in most, if not all, member states.

Read the full text here.

21 October, Brussels – The European Parliament has backed the appointment of Slovakia’s Maroš Šef?ovi? as Vice-President of the European…

Read Story

4 August, Washington - The IMF has released a paper showing that global energy subsidies are expected to reach $5.3 trillion,…

Read Story

Brussels, 6 February 2008 - In its last report on the implementation of the EU Energy Performance of Building Directive, published…

Read Story
Arrow-up