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EU Commission: Guidance on Single Use Plastics Directive

1st Jun 2021

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What is the main objective of the Single-Use Plastics (SUP) Directive and the Guidelines on its application?

Directive (EU) 2019/904 on single-use plastics was adopted in June 2019 with the aim to prevent and reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment, in particular the aquatic environment, and on human health, as well as to promote the transition to a circular economy with innovative and sustainable business models, products and materials. The Directive should be transposed into national law and applied as of 3 July 2021.

Questions covered:

  • Why is the EU tackling plastic litter?
  • What is the definition of plastic and single-use plastic products under the SUP Directive?
  • Is biodegradable plastic included?
  • Are paper-based products with plastic lining or coating considered single-use plastic products under the Directive?
  • Which single-use plastic products are affected by the new rules?
  • How should the products be marked?
  • Why does the SUP Directive specifically deal with fishing gear?
  • Why do Member States have to report on fishing gear containing plastic placed on the market and waste fishing gear collected?
  • What was the impact of COVID crisis on the use of single-use plastic products?

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