Single Use Plastics: Publication of the Directive
The new European Directive (EU / 2019/904) on the reduction of the effects of certain plastic products on the environment, the so-called SUP Directive (Single Use Plastics) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union on June 12th 2019.
Now that this Directive is coming into force, it is up to the EU Member States to transpose the measures contained therein into national legislation. They have the time for this until July 3rd 2021 at the latest.
The purpose of this Directive is to prevent and reduce the effects of certain plastic products on the environment as well as on human health, and to promote the transition to a circular economy.
To contribute to this, several measures were proposed, in particular concerning:
• consumption reduction
• restricted placing on the market
• product requirements
• marking requirements
• extensive producer responsibility
• separate collection
• awareness measures
These measures apply to specific plastic products for one-off use. An overview of this has been included in Annexes A to G of the Directive.
IBE-BVI members can receive a copy of Directive EU / 2019/904 upon simple request.