In June 2019, Directive (EU) 2019 / of the European Parliament and of the Council, of June 5, 2019, regarding the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on single-use products in the environment was adopted with the aim of to reduce the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. In this way, the transition to a circular economy is promoted, placing the European Union at the forefront of the global fight against marine debris.
The Directive sets out the steps for the implementation of the ban on certain SUP products that will enter into force in July 2021.
Have you heard of SUPs?
The SUP are single-use products. According to Directive (EU) 2019/904, they are defined as follows:
It is a product made totally or partially with plastic and that has not been conceived, designed or introduced on the market to complete, within its life period, multiple circuits or rotations by returning it to a product to be refilled or reused with the same purpose for which it was conceived.
Why is the EU fighting plastic waste?
More than 80% of marine litter is plastic. This reason has enough weight to rethink the use we make of it and the need to promote measures to control massive use.
Plastic is a very useful material with almost inimitable functional characteristics, but we have to learn to use them in different ways. When we dispose of them uncontrollably, they causeharm to he environment and they harm the economy, both due to the loss of the economic value of the material, cleaning costs and the loss of tourism, quality of fishing or maritime transport.
With the European Green Deal, the European Union is promoting a circular economy where plastics are used sustainably, reused and recycled, without creating massive polluting waste.
Situation in Spain
By 3 July this year, Member States must have in place measures to ensure that single-use plastic products cannot be placed on the market. These are products for which there are alternatives: cotton buds, cutlery, plates, straws, drink stirrers, plastic balloon sticks, cups, expanded polystyrene food and beverage containers and all products made of oxodegradable plastic.
As for other single-use plastic products, such as fishing gear and wet wipes, other measures were decided to limit or reduce their consumption and prevent them from becoming garbage. The main measures are labeling, extended producer responsibility regimes (polluter pays principle), awareness campaigns and product design requirements.
In addition, each Member State must take its own measures to prevent and clean the garbage from food containers, beverage containers, wrappers, cups, light plastic bags, wipes, balloons, tobacco products with filters, among others.
We will see how the measures adopted evolve.
Without a doubt, the Single-Use Plastics Directive and the disposal of plastic waste in general are a key element for the success of the Green Deal and Europe’s green transition.
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