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Agreement on the new European directive on disposable plastics. New sustainable design standards and awareness measures. New market obligations and restrictions for disposable plastic products.

Now we know it: over 80% of marine litter is plastic. To begin to end the problem, the European Commission presented in May 2018 new EU rules on the 10 most common disposable plastic products found on European beaches and seas, as well as on lost and abandoned fishing gear.

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The proposal for a directive received the approval of the European Parliament and the Council today, according to Frans Timmermans, first vice-president of the European Commission and responsible for sustainable development.

“I very much welcome the ambitious agreement reached today on our proposal to reduce disposable plastics, a deal that truly helps protect our people and our planet,” commented Timmermans. “Equally important is that, with the solutions agreed today, we are also promoting a new circular business model and showing the way forward to put our economy on a more sustainable path.

What’s up?

The new European directive on disposable plastics provides for the application of various measures to as many categories of products. When alternatives are readily available and affordable, disposable items such as foil, single-use dishes, straws, drink stirrers, balloon sticks, and styrofoam containers will be banned from the market. extended.

However, in the case of other products, the emphasis is on their use through:

  • A national reduction in consumption.
  • New design requirements (disposable beverage containers will only be allowed if their lids remain attached).
  • New labeling requirements indicating how waste is to be disposed of and its impact on the environment.
  • Obligation of producers to contribute to the costs of waste management and cleaning, but receiving incentives for the development of less polluting alternatives.