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Plastic Recycling June 14, 2019 02:30:56 PM

Fresh EU Directive to Tackle Single-use Plastics Pollution

Paul Ploumis
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The new directive will be in force, after 20 days from the date of publication.

Fresh EU Directive to Tackle Single-use Plastics Pollution

SEATTLE (Scrap Monster): The EU published a new directive on the reduction of impacts of certain plastic products including single-use plastic bags on the environment. The directive appeared in the official journal of the European Union dated 12th June, 2019.

The directive covers only those single-use plastic products that are most commonly found on beaches as well as fishing gear containing plastic and products made from oxo-degradable plastic. The products covered by this directive are estimated to account for nearly 86% of the single-use plastics found on beaches. Meantime, the directive does not include glass and metal beverage containers. Also, microplastics do not fall directly within the scope of this directive, the journal noted.

The member states are required to take necessary measures to achieve an ambitious and sustained reduction in the consumption of single-use plastic products. Further, they are required to prepare a description of the measures adopted, by 3 July, 2021.

As per the directive, plastic products should be manufactured taking into account their entire life span. Accordingly, single-use plastic bottles must have a recycled content of at least 25% by 2025 and 30% by 2030. It also specifies collection targets of 77% and 90% for these bottles as of 2025 and 2030 respectively.

The new directive will be in force, after 20 days from the date of publication. The member states are required to adopt all necessary measures to transpose the EU directives into national law before the July 3rd, 2021 deadline.

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