Single use plastics directive

Field
environment, circular economy

The main objective of the proposal was to tackle plastic litter and marine pollution through legislative action. If we do not change the way we produce and use plastics, there will be more plastics than fish in our oceans by 2050. Consequently, we must stop plastics getting into our water, our food, and even our bodies. The European Commission proposed a ban of certain most polluting plastic products, such as plastic cutlery or plates, consumption reduction of products like plastic cups and food containers, or providing better information about recyclability of the product.

Pavel Telička  was a Shadow Rapporteur in the ITRE committee. He had introduced a number of amendments to the text including a shared responsibility of producers and consumers, ban of the OXO-degradable plastics, enhanced international cooperation and climate diplomacy. He also called on member states to consider introducing mandatory recycled content of certain plastic products to increase recycling rates and support market with recycled materials. The Interinstitutional Agreement was reached on December 19th 2018. Among others, the agreed text includes provisions on mandatory recycled content, ban of the OXO plastics and measures regarding the extended producer responsibility, pursued by Telička  during the legislative process. The text must now be formally approved by the European Parliament and the Member States. Following its approval, the new Directive will be published and the member states will have two years for the transposition into national law

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