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sustainability
Goodbye
to all that
T
he two-year transposition
time - the grace
period granted for the
EU member states to
harmonise their national legislation
with the new regulations -
has elapsed and the Single-Use
Plastics directive off icially entered
into force last month, on 3 July.
As a result, the 10 single-use
plastic items that are most commonly
found thrown away on
beaches, as well as to products
made from oxo-degradable plastic
and fishing gear containing
plastic, are now banned throughout
the EU. These 10 items,
plus discarded fishing gear, are
known to represent at least 70%
of all marine litter in the EU.
The new law requires all 27
EU member states to enforce the
new guidelines as from its eff ective
date, while Norway, despite
not being a member of the EU, is
implementing the SUP directive
as a member of the European
Economic Area. Essentially, what
this means is that after 3 July, any
failure to comply with the national
provisions adopted pursuant
to this directive will be penalised
- and according to the directive,
the penalties will be 'eff ective,
proportionate and dissuasive'.
Some background on
the new law
In January of 2018, the European
Commission presented its
proposal for 'A European Strategy
for Plastics in a Circular
Economy', advising of the need
to combat the steady increase
Plastics straws
are banned under
the SUP directive.
" Today is the day! Europe waves goodbye to: Single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws,
balloon sticks & cotton buds, cups, food & beverage containers made of expanded
polystyrene & all products made of oxo-degradable plastic, " the EU Commissioner
for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries Virginijus Sinkevicius said on Twitter.
Implementation rates vary across the EU. This map appeared in an assessment of policy measures adopted by EU countries
to phase out single-use plastic carried out by Surfrider Europe, together with Seas at Risk and Zero Waste Europe,
on behalf of the Rethink Plastic alliance and the Break Free From Plastic movement. The report appeared on 1 July.
in plastic waste generation, and
the leakage of plastic waste into
the European and global environment,
and specifically the
marine environment. Among
others, it called for a legal
framework targeted at reductions
of such leakages in order
to curb the negative environmental,
health and economic
impacts associated with the use
of specific types of plastic products
and to achieve a circular
life cycle for plastics.
The upshot was the adoption,
in June 2019, of what is officially
called the Directive (EU)
2019/904 of the European Parliament
and of the Council of 5
June 2019 on the reduction of the
impact of certain plastic products
on the environment, but
which has become known as the
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