10 MEASURES FOR 10 PLASTIC ITEMS

On 28 May 2018, the EC proposed new measures to reduce marine litter to tackle the 10 most often found plastic waste (70% of all marine litter) on Europe's beaches and seas, as well as lost and abandoned fishing gear.

 

 

Cotton buds

Ban on single use cotton buds made with plastic, to be replaced on the market with sustainable alternatives.

Cutlery, plates,

straws &

stirrers

Ban on single use cutlery, plates, straws and stirrers made with plastics, to be replaced with more sustainable alternatives.

Sticks for

balloons and

balloons

Plastic sticks for balloons to be banned and replaced with sustainable alternatives. On balloons, producers to contribute to awareness-raising, clean-up, collection, waste treatment and introduce new labelling on the environmental impact of the product and recycling options for consumers.

Food containers

Significant national consumption reduction of plastic food containers. Producers to contribute to awareness raising, clean-up, collection and waste treatment.

Cups for

beverages

Significant national consumption reduction of plastic cups for beverages. Producers to contribute to awareness raising, clean-up, collection and waste treatment.

Beverage

containers

Producers to contribute to awareness-raising, clean-up, collection and waste treatment of beverage containers; product design requirements to attach caps and lids to beverage containers; 90% separate collection target for plastic bottles.

Cigarette butts

Producers to contribute to awareness-raising, cleanup, collection and waste treatment of cigarette butts and other plastic tobacco product filters.

Bags

Producers to contribute to awareness-raising, clean-up, collection and waste treatment of lightweight plastic carrier bags, in addition to existing measures in the existing Plastic Bags Directive.

Crisp

packets/

sweet wrappers

Producers to contribute to awareness-raising, clean-up, collection and waste treatment of plastic packets and wrappers.

Wet wipes and

sanitary items

New labelling requirements for sanitary towels and wet wipes to inform consumers on environmental impact of the product and how to dispose of it properly. Producers to contribute to awareness raising, clean-up, collection and waste treatment of wet wipes.

Fishing gear

Producers of fishing gear containing plastics will be required to cover the costs of waste collection from port reception facilities and its transport and treatment. They will also cover the costs of awareness-raising measures.

 

 

Along with the new EU waste rules and targets adopted, the new rules will provide the clarity, legal certainty and economies of scale that EU companies need to take the lead in new markets for innovative multi-use alternatives, new materials and better designed products.