No more disposable packaging
In March 2019, the European Parliament approved the so-called the plastic directive, which will become fully applicable on 3 July 2021. What does this mean? In countries belonging to the European Union, disposable plastic cups, plates, straws, cutlery, stirrers, polystyrene cups and food packaging will disappear.
Until July 3, 2021 is the time to empty the warehouses – until then we can still receive, for example, a drink in a plastic cup at a bar or a meal on a plastic plate. From January 1, 2021, a new tax on plastics is in force for the Member States. They will have to pay 80 cents for every kilogram of plastic that has not been processed. The proceeds will contribute to the budget of the Multiannual Financial Framework and the Coronavirus Reconstruction Fund (the so-called Next Generation EU).
The Plastics Directive aims to gradually phase out non-recyclable plastic from production in the European Union. What are its detailed assumptions?
from 2021, it is not allowed to market single-use plastic products: plates, straws, cutlery (spoons, forks, knives, sticks), stirrers, polystyrene cups, food containers, hygienic sticks, and balloon sticks;
from 2025, for the production of plastic bottles it will be necessary to use min. 25 percent recycled plastics, from 2030 – min. 30 percent;
from 2025, only caps and plastic lids that will be permanently attached to containers and bottles can be placed on the market;
by 2025 to 77 percent recycling of single-use plastic bottles must be increased, and by 2029 – up to 90 percent.
The fight against plastic has been going on for another year. In July 2018, the so-called waste package (in the field of waste management and disposal), guaranteeing an increase in recycling up to 55% by 2025, 60 percent by 2030 and 65 percent. by 2035.