Single-use plastics ban

 

SUMMARY OF:

Directive (EU) 2019/904 — on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment

WHAT IS THE AIM OF THE DIRECTIVE?

KEY POINTS

Scope

Single-use plastics are made wholly or partly of plastic and are typically intended to be used just once or for a short period of time before they are thrown away.

Market restrictions (bans)

The plastic products to be banned under the directive include:

Consumption reductions

Separate collection and design requirements for plastic bottles

Compulsory marking

Certain disposable plastic products placed on the market must carry a visible, clearly legible and indelible marking affixed to its packaging or to the product itself:

These labels should inform consumers about:

Extended producer responsibility

The directive incorporates the ‘polluter pays’ principle. Producers will have to cover the costs of:

For wet wipes and balloons, these obligations will apply with the exception of the collection costs.

EU countries are also required to:

Awareness raising

EU countries must also take measures to:

FROM WHEN DOES THE DIRECTIVE APPLY?

It has to become law in the EU countries by 3 July 2021. The market restrictions and marking of product rules apply from 3 July 2021, while the product design requirements for bottles apply from 3 July 2024. The Extended producer responsibility measures apply from 31 December 2024.

BACKGROUND

For further information, see:

MAIN DOCUMENT

Directive (EU) 2019/904 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 June 2019 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment (OJ L 155, 12.6.2019, pp. 1-19)

RELATED DOCUMENTS

Directive 2008/98/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 19 November 2008 on waste and repealing certain directives (OJ L 312, 22.11.2008, pp. 3-30)

Successive amendments to Directive 2008/98/EC have been incorporated in the original text. This consolidated version is of documentary value only.

European Parliament and Council Directive 94/62/EC of 20 December 1994 on packaging and packaging waste (OJ L 365, 31.12.1994, pp. 10-23)

See consolidated version.

last update 16.09.2019